Fundraising for charity has been a long tradition at Gateway School. Each year the students vote for two school charities to support and fundraise for. This year we are supporting Tusk Trust and Roald Dahl’s Marvelous Children’s Charity. We have been working on improving student wellbeing and our research has shown that the act of giving to others has a positive impact on our wellbeing. We also know that making links with others and laughing can raise our spirits. This year’s Red Nose Day is turning to comedy to give us some fun and raise money to help provide safety to families who need support, to tackle mental health stigma, to take action against domestic abuse and help to give children a brighter future. During school council discussions on the importance of giving the council listed the following reasons:
- It is important to help those in need.
- It helps the community come together.
- Because other people don't have as much as we have so it's important to give money to charities so that they can help people that aren't as fortunate as us.
- Charities can help people who don't get enough food.
- Charities can help animals too by giving them food and keeping them safe.
- Raising money for charity makes us feel good because we are being kind to someone.
- It helps us to remember how lucky we are.
- It can shape the future because the money raised can buy equipment to help find cures for illnesses.
This year Gateway School is proud to be part of Census day. This week we taught our students about the census and the importance of having accurate data to provide services such as the NHS. To mark Census Day on Thursday 18th March, the school council reps met to discuss items they could collect and place in a time capsule to be unearthed by pupils in 2031. Ideas included images from remote learning, newspaper articles capturing significant events such as the Mars landing and the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, photos of everyday life and tally charts. We are delighted that the children have taken part in their own recording of history and are sure the students of 2031 will be fascinated by our account of our experiences over the past extraordinary year.
I hope your Friday evening is full of fun and laughter and wish you good luck completing your census on Sunday!