"Growing into all God wants us to be"
Everyone in our school community is on an accompanied journey of growth and discovery. God lights the path ahead of us and helps us with every step. “This encourages us to be part of better things and know that God is supporting us every step of the way”. Amelie Y5
Psalm 119:105 underpins our vision: Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
Our vision guides the whole school community in ethical and charitable activities both in and out of school. We hold a number of events throughout the year and a selection of these events can be found below.
- Harvest Festival - each year children and parents donate food items which are then displayed in St Mary's Church alongside donations from the village community. Half of the produce is taken to a food bank in Brixton and the other half is delivered by our Year 6 pupils to local residents.
- Christmas Jumper Day - we support this event each year, raising money for Save the Children.
- Carols and Cakes - at Christmas time we invite a number of local residents to the school to share an afternoon of carols, musical performances whilst being served tea and cake by our Year 6s.
- Rotary Shoebox Scheme - we are asked to collect non food items, small enough to fit into a shoebox, to send to children in Romania and Ukraine, whose only Christmas gift will be the items in the shoebox.
- Malawi CDs collection - children have been asked to bring in unwanted books, DVDs, CDs or games and their barcodes are scanned online in exchange for money to send to our international charity Mbedza Project Support, in Malawi.
- Collections at school events - following events such as the Nativity, End of Year Play and music concerts, we collect donations for our school charities for example Folly Wildlife Centre.
- Red Nose Day - children are encouraged to think of innovative ways to raise money for this worthwhile charity.
- Little Court Nursing Home - KS2 children have enjoyed visiting Little Court especially during National Gardening Week where they planted seeds and bulbs and took part in a gardening quiz.
- Nourish Foodbank Appeal - one of our parents supports this appeal by asking the school community to put an essential food bag item into a box every day during the first 12 days of December. These items are then sorted and delivered to the local foodbank to ensure that nobody goes without food over the festive period.
- Kids Can Help Charity Fair - parents and children decided to organise a charity fair run solely by the children. This fair was well supported by the school and local community and in total a huge £848 was raised for 14 different charities.
- London Marathon - In April 2018, Andrew Poole, our Deputy Headteacher, ran the London Marathon to raise money for a counselling and well-being service in school. The whole school community got involved by making donations, tracking his progress or cheering from the sidelines! In total, Mr Poole raised over £2500.
- Edinburgh Marathon - Mrs Walker ran the Edinburgh marathon the weekend after she left Speldhurst School after working here for 11 years. She decided to forgo any leaving presents and instead asked for contributions to her chosen charities, being Mbedza Project Support and a local charity, Restore Counselling, Training and Related Services. In total, she raised over £2,000.
- Little Princes Trust - several of our children have grown their hair in order to donate their hair to help make a real difference to children and young people affected by hair loss.
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- Feeding the homeless - one of our members of staff regularly provides food and support for vulnerable and homeless people in the local area.
- Charity Film Night - three parents and their children have hosted several film nights in the village hall raising money for local charities.