All pupils are encouraged to help organise and support a range of activities to contribute to local and national charities. We feel it is important to raise their awareness that there are people in the world less fortunate, and that people’s practical needs can be met.
Pupils are regularly involved in various events and themed days to raise funds for worthy local and national causes. Last year we supported a number of charities and good causes including Children in Need, Haven House and Dementia Friends. We look forward to the many charity events that we can host or take part in next year.
Year 6 learnt about the ways the NSPCC help children and in particular, found out about their Childline services. Year 1 – Year 6 initially took part in virtual assemblies with NSPCC volunteers and special guests, Ant and Dec! Our Year 5 and 6 pupils, then completed a follow on workshop with a special visitor from the charity, where they explored some of the themes from the assemblies further. To show our support for the NSPCC, we are pleased to report that we raised over £75 for the charity.
Food Bank Donations
Generous food donations were received around Harvest Festival time.
Year 11 took the food and essential items to the Epping Forest Food Bank, where they helped sort through all the items so they could be distributed to families in need.
Thank you to everyone who donated an item, your donations made a huge difference to many families.
Children In Need
On Friday 18 November it was the BBC Children in Need charity day. Once again, Braeside excitedly joined in with others around the United Kingdom to fundraise for this good cause. We are pleased to announce we raised an incredible £646!
Year 5 and 6 held a bake sale to raise money for comic relief as well as completing part of Oak tree challenge, where they had to organise their own fundraising event. The cakes were delicious!
Braeside Juniors put on a wonderful Harvest Festival on Friday 15th at St James’ URC Church. The children had a great time entertaining the audience of friends and family with songs like the ‘Harvest Samba’ and poems all about harvest time and Autumn. We even got a performance from the Braeside band!
Thank you to everyone for all your donations, they are sure to make a huge difference.
Braeside pupils came into school dressed up in yellow in support of the charity Children in Need. The School Council organised a fantastic way to raise some additional funds for the charity by making and decorating jelly, which they then sold at break time. At lunch, the pupils enjoyed a teddy bears’ picnic in the hall, which was a lot of fun!
The Braeside Charity Committee decided again this year that our half termly charity event would raise money for Jeans for Genes. Pupils and staff made a donation to be able to wear jeans, denim items and other casual wear for the day.
Year 7 have today completed their Captain Tom Moore Challenge raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital today. They walked in honour of Captain Tom 100 times around the garden. It was great to see the sun out and the girls really rose to the challenge and really motivated each other to finish. Well done girls, great work.
Braeside Charity Committee organised the annual Christmas Jumper Day to support Save The Children charity this year. Pupils enjoyed wearing Christmas themed outfits and jumpers for the day and Kathryn said: “I had a really Christmassy jumper that I wanted to show everyone. It was such a fun day!” Everyone looked very festive, well done!
On Friday 13 November, Braeside School Council organised a non-school uniform day and ‘Welly Walk’ (Juniors) to raise money for the charity Children In Need. Pupils learned about the charity and the wonderful work they do for vulnerable children in the UK. Pupils were allowed to wear their own clothes and any merchandise from the charity. Many pupils opted to wear ears and official yellow t-shirts. Freya, one of our Year 7 pupils, even made her own ‘Pudsey’ hat!
The junior pupils relished a squelchy walk in the forest. Evelyn in Reception said ‘We had such a fun time in the muddy puddles’. Summer Rose in Year 2 said ‘I loved wearing my wellies to school. I pretended that I was Red Riding Hood in the forest’. It was a lovely crisp, autumn day for a walk for a good cause. Thank you pupils and parents for supporting this charitable event!
Jeans for Genes Day
Pupils enjoyed taking part in Jeans for Genes Day, where all came to school wearing a piece of denim, be it a pair of jeans, a jacket or even dungarees. They all also brought in a donation for the Jeans for Genes charity, which will make a big difference to the lives of children and families living with genetic disorders. Thank you everyone for your generosity.
The Little Princess Trust
Well done to Year 7 pupil, Bea, who donated her hair to the The Little Princess Trust. Bea has been growing her hair for 2 and a half years so that she could donate it, and raised over £100 in sponsorship for them too!
Wildlife Victoria Organisation
This year, pupils have been working on creating some wonderful works of art of Australian animals and wildlife. The artwork will be auctioned to raise money for the Wildlife Victoria Organisation’s appeal to support surviving species in Victoria, while the natural habitat regenerates following the catastrophic bush fires in Australia.
British Heart Foundation
In the Spring Term, a bake sale was held to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. The pupils done an excellent job of organising the event, from sorting out the price lists, float money and what sweet treats to sell, and raised £87.03! Well done to everyone who contributed.
Year 5 held a special cake sale to raise as much money as they could for the Haven House charity. They organised the event entirely themselves as part of the Oak-Tree Challenge Bronze award. They did a great job of collecting all the cakes, which were kindly donated, before setting up the table and working together to sell the cakes to the other pupils and teachers. Well done Year 5!
Epping Forest Foodbank is part of a UK foodbank network and is run by volunteers to help provide food for people in crisis in the Epping Forest District. A big thank you for all your donations!
Save the Children
The Charity committee raised money for Save The Children by asking all pupils across the school to wear either a festive jumper with non-uniform or an accessory – or both! They collected £2 from every pupil and member of staff that took part.
The Braeside Charity Committee organised a non-school uniform day (with an item of red clothing) for Comic Relief today. Pupils wore noses, deely boppers and other red items of clothing to celebrate and raise money for the charity.
Some chosen charities over recent years have been:
- Roald Dahl Charity
- Jeans for Genes
- GROW Project
- WE Day
- Dementia Friends
- Sport Relief
- Children in Need
- Teenage Cancer Trust
- And many more…