Sharing goodwill and gifts this festive season

Our schools are known for their charitable ethos throughout the year but, as the festive season approaches, many are stepping up their efforts to support the most vulnerable people in their local communities.

Star schools are keen to ensure that no one in their community is without a card or a gift at the time of year when our country is celebrating a national holiday.

Through our Festive Winter Gift Programme, we aim to offer support to the most vulnerable people – young and old – in our communities, those who are unwell, elderly, living in care, those who experience loneliness or food poverty.

Mufti Hamid Patel CBE, Chief Executive of Star Academies, said: “It is part of our mission to nurture in our pupils a genuine desire to take a lead in offering support to those less fortunate than ourselves. We are lucky to have staff working in our schools, together with pupils and their families, who share our charitable ethos.

“The festive season is one of those times in our school calendar when we step up our efforts to offer a helping hand to those in need. It is so heartening to see the entire Star family reaching out by delivering gifts to hospital patients, making visits to old people’s care homes and so much more. It is hugely important to us as it brings out such positive traits in our young people – and fills me with immense pride.”

Our Festive Winter Gift Programme brings our schools’ leadership specialism to the fore as pupils get involved in planning activities to fundraise and provide for those people they choose to support. Some of our schools will be running enterprise activities to raise funds to purchase gifts to be distributed within their local communities; others will be spending time getting to know individuals living close to their schools who have no one with whom to spend the festive season.

The Programme links to each of our Trust’s STAR values – Service, Teamwork, Ambition and Respect – and offers our pupils a very valuable learning opportunity.

Keep an eye on the Trust’s Twitter profile to stay up to date with what each of our schools are doing as part of our Festive Winter Gift Programme. There’s also a summary below.

School Activity
Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School, Blackburn Fundraising activities to raise money to buy gifts for patients on children’s wards at Royal Blackburn Hospital and also for older people in residential care homes
Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School, Blackburn Delivering gifts to patients on children’s wards and elderly people’s wards at Royal Blackburn Hospital
The Olive School, Blackburn Delivering gift hampers to residents of older people’s care homes and making contact with vulnerable local residents who may experience loneliness
Eden Boys’ School, Preston Delivering gifts of toys and games to children’s wards at Royal Preston Hospital
The Olive School, Preston Making donations of food to the Salvation Army foodbank; delivering gifts to patients on children’s wards at Royal Preston Hospital and to older people in a residential care home
Highfield Leadership Academy, Blackpool Making donations to Blackpool Food Partnership and helping to prepare Christmas food parcels; making donations of warm clothing to homeless charity Streetlife; inviting in older members of the local community for a Christmas party; and being kind to one another through activities in a Kindness Calendar during December
Greater Manchester
Eden Girls’ Leadership Academy, Manchester Bake sale to raise funds for homeless charity Shelter
Eden Boys’ Leadership Academy, Manchester Bake sale to raise funds for homeless charity Shelter
Eden Boys’ School, Bolton Delivery gift hampers to an older people’s residential home and preparing extra food parcels for the school’s community food bank
The Olive School, Bolton Delivering gift hampers to older people’s residential homes and children’s wards at Bolton Royal Hospital
West Yorkshire
Tong Leadership Academy, Bradford Collecting donations of warm clothing, toiletries and small gift items for homeless people to be distributed through local charity DISC
West Midlands
Eden Girls’ School, Coventry Preparing personalised gift hampers for 18 older people supported by Age UK Coventry who would otherwise receive very little this Christmas
Eden Boys’ School, Birmingham Donating gift hampers to young people supported by St Basil’s homeless charity; delivering gift hampers to older people in a residential care home
Small Heath Leadership Academy, Birmingham Fundraising and donating gift hampers to Birmingham Homeless Outreach
The Olive School, Birmingham Fundraising for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity by supporting their Jolly Jumper Day; collecting donations of warm winter clothing to be distributed to local people in need through local charity Narthex
Eden Girls’ School, Waltham Forest Collecting donations to buy gifts of toys for young patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital
Eden Girls’ School, Slough Collecting donations to buy warm winter clothing for local homeless people to be distributed through charity London & Slough Run
The Olive School, Hackney Fundraising for St Joseph’s Hospice, plus a visit from the school choir to entertain patients, staff and visitors; preparing gifts for Hackney Winter Night Shelter, for older people in residential care homes and for hospital patients

Added By: Gemma Fielding | Date Added: 12th Dec 2017 | Posted In:

Latest News

Star Academies ‘top of the class’ in MAT performance tables

Star Academies has been named the top performing Multi Academy Trust (MAT) in the country for the second year running following an exceptional performance by schools run by the trust.

Read More

Star Institute

Building a world-class education workforce.

Star empowers people to make a significant contribution to a self-improving school system.

Read More

Leadership Courses

High quality, accredited leadership training.

Star is a lead partner in delivering the National College’s prestigious Leadership Curriculum.

Find Out More