Michaelmas Term Charities Round-Up
Friday 21st December 2018
This term, Queen Anne’s School has been extremely busy organising and partaking in charity and community work across the school and the wider community.
Our school’s charities this year, chosen by our Sixth Form students, are Soundabout and Samaritan’s Purse.
Soundabout is a local charity that uses music and sound to unlock the potential of people with complex learning difficulties.
Samaritan’s Purse is a non-profit organisation providing support, emergency relief and development assistance to people suffering around the world from war, famine, natural disaster, and disease.
Our first fundraising event of Michaelmas Term was Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Each of our day and boarding houses baked an array of delicious cakes to sell to staff and students. Together, we managed to raise £558 for MacMillan Cancer Support. Well done everybody!
Thursday 11 October was our annual Harvest Festival, held in the chapel. It was wonderful to see so many generous donations, all of which went to the local charity Launchpad, which help the homeless to turn their lives around and fulfill their potential, and Readifood, Reading’s food bank.
We collected 117kg of Food for Readifood and 34kg of food for Launchpad. That is the equivalent of 359 meals!
In the spirit of World Mental Health Day this year, on Tuesday 9 October, our Sixth Form psychology students helped to organise and run charity football matches, at the Madejski Stadium, with charity Sport in Mind.
Sport in Mind are a mental health charity using sport and physical activity to aid the recovery of people experiencing mental illness.
Later on in the term, on Thursday 22 November, our Sixth Form students worked with Sport in Mind once again, to establish wellbeing and mental health awareness sessions that the charity can teach to other schools. The feedback from Sport in Mind has been extremely positive, and they have been very impressed by our Sixth Form students and their positive attitude towards helping others.
On Friday 9 November, students enjoyed a MUFTI Day in support of Queen Anne’s old girl Tamara Taylor. In April 2019, Tamara and a team of fellow international rugby players will set off on an Everest Challenge, to set a Guinness World Record at Mount Everest for playing the highest ever game of touch rugby. All the money raised will go to Tamara’s chosen charity Wooden Spoon.
Wooden Spoon is a charity whose mission is to positively transform the lives of children and young people with a disability or facing disadvantage across the UK and Ireland through the power of rugby. At Queen Anne’s, we chose to support Wooden Spoon on our MUFTI day, and raised a total of £379.20.
Our annual Christmas Market was held on Friday 23 November, and was a huge success! Students, parents, staff and members of the public visited our very own winter wonderland to purchase some Christmas gifts and festive treats, all while supporting our chosen charities.
Our Tycoon groups also had their own stalls to sell products from their own start-up businesses. The Christmas Market raised a total of £1,653.78!
Friday 7 December was our annual Christmas Jumper Day, where students were encouraged to wear a festive jumper in place of their school blazers or jumpers.
It was wonderful to see such fun and exciting Christmas jumpers, and all donations from the day were given to Bishopswood School, a local school for children with special educational needs and disabilities.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Miss Marsh, our Charities Co-Ordinator, for all her hard work in the organisation and running of our charity events this term.