I always say that we are a school with a heart in a town with a heart, and I certainly feel that our recent charity and community work lives up to this description.
It isn’t just in the run up to Christmas that we’ve been thinking of others at Fleetwood High; over the course of this Autumn term alone we have been involved in a number of charity raising ventures. In September,our staff raised £234 for the Macmillan Coffee morning, followed in October when we raised £290 for ‘Breast Cancer Now’, when a number of students gave a donation in return for the right to replace an item of their uniform with something pink. In November the students raised £282 for Children In Need through their purchase of charity wrist bands and badges.
However, our students haven’t just been trying to help other humans! Many of our pupils are animal lovers, such as Year 7 students Eva-Leigh, Alyssa and Caitlyn who decided that they wanted to raise money for the RSPCA. Over two days alone they raised £75 selling cakes and running a ‘Guess The Bear’s Name’ competition.
I’m proud to say that we are also asking both staff and students to pay £1 each to wear a Christmas Jumper on Friday 21st December (the last day of term). Money raised will go to the charity ‘Save The Children’.
Apart from these national charity drives and events, we’ve also been thinking of how we can make a difference much closer to home – in Fleetwood.
Our young people are involved in an exciting new project, with Fleetwood Trust and Cardinal Allen High School. As many of you will be aware, Fleetwood Hospital has been empty for the past decade, but has now been bought by The Trust. It isto be renovated and the top two floors rented to the NHS who will use it as are habilitation centre for local people who are recuperating from recent operations. The money gained in rent will be spent on a ground floor hub for everyone in Fleetwood; young and old.Our Student Council has been asked to contribute ideas regarding what might be useful in the space, and Student Year Team Council reps are currently busy consulting form groups regarding what the young people of Fleetwood would like to see in this space. What a fantastic opportunity for our students to help shape the town’s future!
More immediately, our students are busy collecting items for Mustard Seed, our local food bank. This is an effort to help people in the community who are struggling for various reasons over the festive period, and is offered in the spirit of “a hands up, not a hand out.” Not to be out-done by the students, our staff have also been supporting our local Women’s Refuge by buying a number of Christmas Presents for the children who will spend Christmas there.
Finally, I’d like to take this further opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a good New Year.