A Y11 student from Hagley came into school on 28th June to talk to us about a future trip she is going on to help save the turtles in Mexico. We were so inspired by her talk that we are going to having a non-uniform day to raise money to support her conservation trip. We know we are called to be stewards of God's world and this is one way we can help.
Reception were inspired to adopt an orangutan after Freddie bought in a wonderful book called 'There's a Rang-Tan in my bedroom'. They raised £118.54 to help save these creatures and talked to the school about caring for God's gifts. It was lovely to see our younger pupils acting on their faith and actively participating in fundraising by being present on the playground asking for donations to support this worthy cause at the start and end of the day.
During Lent, we raised money to support the Good Shepherd Appeal, an important charity who does great work for those in need.
Y6 organised a special football day in school to raise money in memory of our wonderful sports coach, Mr Fisher. The money we raised in donations will go to a community fund that is being set up in Mr Fisher's memory to help young adults from all backgrounds gain a coaching or referee qualification.
This Advent, our Mini-Vinnies have worked really hard to support our local Food Bank. They decided to task the school to take part in creating a reverse advent calendar and asked each class to bring in certain things on their given day. They asked Reception to bring in notebooks/colouring books; Year 1 to bring felt tips/crayons/colouring pencils; Year 2 to bring in hair bobbles or a hair brush; Year 3 to bring in bubble bath/shower gel; Year 4 to bring in toothpaste; Year 5 to bring in toothbrushes and Year 6 to bring in chocolate or a small bag of sweets. On Friday 16th December, they helped load Mrs Joyner's car and she went with Miss Holtom to the Food Bank to drop off all our donations. The ladies at the Food Bank were very grateful for our donations.
We also gave them £111.18, which the Mini Vinnies raised by selling chocolate and sweets after Pre-Schools nativity.
To help raise money for Saint Ambrose Parish funds, Miss Ballard organised a whole school talent show. We were so impressed with the God-given talents that our pupils showcased in the glorious sunshine. We had dancing, singing, joke telling, poetry recitals, football skills and so much more! We raised £105.
On Wednesday 8th June, our Year 5 children hosted a bingo afternoon for parents and parishioners as part of their Mini-Vinnies project to raise money for charity.
The children did everything, from waitressing and making drinks, to bingo calling and even explaining a false call. Watching the children descend on tables in the breaks to offer drinks, biscuits, cakes and raffle tickets was similar to watching a swarm of bees land on a daffodil - we were so proud of them and how hard they worked.
In one afternoon, they managed to raise an amazing £316.10 and will be donating half the money to their chosen charity and half to St Ambrose Parish funds.
For Lent, we have been busy raising money to support the people affected by the war in Ukraine. We raised £360.62 by making and selling ribbons and by organising a non-uniform day.
We also took part in a Bookathon, raising money for the Read for Good charity which buys new books for children who are in hospital. We raised £122. Thank you to everyone who took part.
This advent, we took part in a Santa Dash around the playground to raise money for Kemp Hospice, a charity who do a lot for our school and local community.
Miss Ballard challenged us to work together to run 129 miles, the equivalent distance from St Ambrose school to the London Eye. This meant that each class had to cover 18.5 miles.
As a school, we completed 2,334 laps of the playground, which means we ran 155.6 miles! So not only did we run far enough to read the London Eye, we also had miles left over to race around the streets of London!
In total we raised: £230 for Kemp Hospice.
This Summer, we are all going to 'Walk a Mile' to support Father Hudson's. Each class voted for what they wanted to wear for their walk. Reception decided they would wear masks, Year 1 chose fancy dress clothes, Year 2 decided to wear their own clothes, Year 3 opted to dress up as animals, Year 4 wanted to wear sports clothes, Y5 chose to wear sports/clubs clothes and Y6 voted to wear their own clothes with sun glasses/funky glasses. We really enjoyed raising £246.
This year, our chosen Lenten charity was Father Hudson's, an amazing charity who help people in need and work to improve their quality of life. On St Joseph's feast day, we all put our best foot forward and wore odd shoes to school to raise money for this worthy cause. In total we raised £210.60.
During Advent, each class decided which charity they would like to raise money for and what they were going to do in order to raise the money. In total, we raised £1128.80.
Good Heart Animal Sanctuary
Our Reception children, chose to take part in a sponsored 10-lap walk of the playground dressed in Nativity costumes and Christmas jumpers. They did this to sponsor Harry the Pony and can't wait to be able to go visit him!
Our Year 1 pupils, challenged themselves to take part in a 15 minute sponsored silence to raise money for the NSPCC, the UK's leading children's charity.
Year 2, decided to take part in a sponsored Christmas run around the playground wearing their Christmas jumpers. They wanted to support the NHS because of how hard the NHS have worked during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Year 3 came into school looking a bit different for their fundraising day! They appeared at their classroom door with crazy hair and odd socks in order to raise money for the Dogs Trust charity - a charity who work hard to rehome dogs.
Year 5 opted to take part in a no pencil and no pen day in order to raise money to adopt an endangered animal through the W.W.F. This saw them take part in an advent crafts afternoon and they had a really lovely day.
Because of the amazing assemblies that Year 6 have experienced from CAFOD this academic year, they decided to raise money for this worthy charity. They were sponsored by their friends and families to come to school wearing their pyjamas and they participated in a Football and Basketball Shoot out. They had a great day.
Megan Smith: Cancer Treatment Fundraising
As a school, we raised £218.49 to help Megan Smith, a 26 year old local resident of Kidderminster, who needed pioneering cancer treatment in America. We have heard that Megan flew out to the States on Tuesday 15th December after an amazing £60,000 was raised locally to pay for the life-saving treatment. Megan is in our thoughts and our prayers.
T4U Shoe Box Appeal
This year, we supported a nationwide shoebox appeal to provide Christmas gifts to vulnerable children and families.