HCJS Nine Days of Giving 2019
However, we as a school community certainly have a part to play in helping the children reflect upon the true meaning of Christmas and each year we enjoy retelling the original Christmas story in school. It is also important that we take the opportunity to help the children think about those families who find Christmas to be a difficult time of year, and to think of this festive time of year as a time of giving.
This is the thinking behind our annual ‘Nine Days of Giving’ initiative.
The idea behind our Nine Days of Giving was that each morning, once the children had opened the windows in their advent calendars at home, they could choose to bring an item to donate to the day’s nominated charity. Some of the charities were local, others national and some international. Some also focused upon animals. The whole school community got involved - children, staff and parents.
Each day, the items that were brought in were placed in one of the windows at the rear of Number 28, overlooking the playground. Thus we filled advent windows at school, whilst we emptied them at home – a sort of reverse advent calendar!
The response to our Nine Days of Giving initiative was fantastic. The total number of items that were donated were as follows:
• Monday 2 December – 188 pairs of old shoes for Unicef
• Tuesday 3 December – 472 items of clothes and toys for the British Heart Foundation
• Wednesday 4 December – 109 packets of biscuits and healthy snacks for Samaritans
• Thursday 5 December – 389 food and toiletry items for Hereford Food Bank
• Friday 6 December – 28 packets of pet food for Hollycroft Hedgehogs
• Monday 9 December – 106 dog treats and other items for Dogs Trust
• Tuesday 10 December – 223 clothing and food items for Brecon, Hay and Talgarth Sanctuary for Refugees
• Wednesday 11 December – 83 toys, books and stocking fillers for children who spent Christmas in hospital
• Thursday 12 December – 60 items to be included in a backpack for Mary’s Meals backpack project
It was super to see the children so invested in engendering support for their nominated good causes, and have them carry out visits and research and then present to their peers - a big well done to them!
Many thanks to pupils and their parents for all their support.
Head of the Junior School