The schools of ISA Members from across the UK organised a variety of charitable drives and donations to help those who are less fortunate as we celebrate the Christmas season.
Derby Grammar School in Littleover, Derby held a Christmas Jumper Day which was embraced by students and staff, meaning that over £263 was raised for the Children’s Ward at the Royal Derby Hospital, helping fund as comfortable a Christmas as possible for the kids.
Over at Stafford Grammar School, talented musicians headed out to supermarkets in the local area to play Christmas Carols to raise money for the Katherine House Hospice, who provide care and support for those with advanced life-limited conditions.
Members of the Concert Band are getting shoppers in the festive spirit at Aldi today. They are there until 12.15pm if you wish to hear them#SGSConcertBand #SGSMusic #SGSSenior pic.twitter.com/wTSc08te0w
— Stafford Grammar (@StaffordGrammar) November 30, 2021
— Headmaster | Stafford Grammar School (@SGSHead) December 1, 2021
At the Stafford Grammar Senior School, the three forms per year group choose their own charities to support, for Christmas 8F elected to raise money for Brain Tumour Research as part of the school’s Christmas Bazaar.
8F delieverd House assembly this morning and launched their Christmas Bazaar ready for next Thursday. They are raising money for Brain Tumour Research. #SGSYear8 #SGSFitzherbert pic.twitter.com/LWVvIP5GMa
— Stafford Grammar (@StaffordGrammar) December 2, 2021
Special mention must be awarded to SGS pupil Honor, after learning that a family friend suffered domestic violence, she decided to launch ‘Operation Comfort’ to put together gift bags for Staffordshire Women’s Aid. Honor donated over 50 gifts, including essential items for the women and children in need, as well as some treats to make Christmas as special as possible for them.
Honor in Year 9 is making amazing progress with ‘Operation Comfort’, which is putting together gift bags to support struggling families in the Stafford area this Christmas. If you would like to donate, pupils have been sent an email with more details. #SGSWellbeing #SGSYear9 pic.twitter.com/IFHQcUwZE1
— Wellbeing | Stafford Grammar School (@SGSWellbeing) October 29, 2021
So thrilled to host @BBCRadioStoke last week. We’re one of their chosen charities this year 🙏🏽 Our thanks also to @SGSSeniorSchool & Honor who organised this really special donation. #makeadifferenceatChristmas #bbcradiostoke #staffordgrammarschool https://t.co/hkk1I4eE1k pic.twitter.com/dlqgmIzdBn
— Staffordshire Women’s Aid (@StaffsWomensAid) December 6, 2021
To learn more about the heartwarming act, listen to Honor’s interview with BBC Radio Stoke below.
— Headmaster | Stafford Grammar School (@SGSHead) December 7, 2021
Abbey Gate College in Chester held the now-traditional Christmas Jumper Day in their Infant and Junior stages, whilst also spreading the special festive feeling by sending some beautiful Cards of Kindness to residents at a local care home.
Yesterday the children at our Infant and Junior department launched this year’s Festive Season with their Christmas Jumper Day, and the Cards of Kindness made by Foundation were sent to residents of a local care home. #sparkleandshine pic.twitter.com/WgQQEJRT6V
— Abbey Gate College (@AbbeyGateColl) December 2, 2021
Out in Wales, Westbourne School in Penarth, ‘The Big Wrap’ was supported for the third year in a row. The charity gifts presents to children who are at risk of receiving nothing at all or very little. This year’s focus was on 14-19 year olds as it can be very difficult to source donations for them.
Westbourne also arrange a donation drive for The Trussell Trust’s food bank in Barry, which was delivered on 15 December and called for essential food items as well as some lovely Christmas treats for those who are less fortunate, like Yule logs and mince pies.
We’re currently asking for your kind donations for two charitable initiatives we’re running over the Christmas period! More info here: https://t.co/8JjHemyn3y
— Westbourne School (@WestbourneS) December 7, 2021
King Alfred School in Golders Green spurred forward with several charitable efforts to help those in need over Christmas. They worked with the Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation to gather food and toy donations for North London families.
School six at King Alfred also helped raise over £150 for Save the Children as part of their Christmas Jumper Day. Finally, they spread the festive cheer amongst their community as Year 6 students made festive cards for the oldest members of the alumni.
Happy Christmas to everyone in our KAS Community – here’s a picture of some Year 6 students with cards they’ve made which will be sent to the oldest members of our @OldAlfredians community. #KASCommunity #OldAlfredians pic.twitter.com/UElPCEevBc
— King Alfred School (@kingalfredsch) December 17, 2021
The Kingsley School filled an entire minibus full of gift donations from the Prep and Senior School to Helping Hands, who ran a shoebox appeal this year for those in the Warwickshire and Leamington communities who are less fortunate.
Our Amnesty group delivered a minibus full of the Prep and Senior School donations for the amazing @HELPINGHANDSLWK Shoebox Appeal this afternoon, ready to be distributed to those in the local community who are in need this Christmas. Many thanks to all! #ShoeboxAppeal pic.twitter.com/N7OJrhlftG
— The Kingsley School (@Kingsley_School) December 7, 2021
The Southbank International School were another ISA member who went above and beyond with their efforts, the Kensington campus raised a staggering £1261 for Save the Children UK with their Christmas Jumper Day.
Over at the Westminster site, a bake sale was held by the G8s and the silky sweet creations collected over £250 in donations, which is enough for AgeUK to send out 500 Christmas hampers.
Our #Kensington campus looked very festive last week, with students rocking their Christmas jumpers for @Savechildrenuk #ChristmasJumperDay. They were able to raise a whopping £1261 for this amazing cause which will really help children in need of support. #CognitaWay #CAS pic.twitter.com/xZKHItdaoS
— Southbank International School (@SouthbankSchool) December 16, 2021
Our G8s held a #BakeSale today and raised a whopping £250 over lunch! As you can see, we do like a bit of #cake at Southbank. This was arranged to raise money for 500 Christmas hampers which our Grade 8s will donate through our local @AgeUK charity in #Westminster #cognitaway pic.twitter.com/IozZBOLQRu
— Southbank International School (@SouthbankSchool) November 9, 2021
The Grange School in Cheshire once again arranged charitable efforts across the school. The Juniors supported the local St Luke’s Hospice with an ‘Elf Run’ around the school grounds, raising a phenomenal figure of almost £2500.
As well as the Christmas Fayre which raised funds for the school’s nominated charities, The Grange also supported ‘Operation Christmas Child’ as form 10JCV packed shoeboxes full of Christmas gifts. The Sixth Form also made sure that everything was done to stop children missing out as they donated to the Northwich Community Support Toy Drive with a boot load of presents.
10JCV packed shoeboxes with Christmas gifts for families in need as part of Operation Christmas Child. Thank you all for your generosity and compassion and a special thank you to Skye Walker for the idea and presentation. pic.twitter.com/LGCNJpNjgG
— Community & Charities | The Grange School (@CommunityGrange) November 24, 2021
As always, The Grange School made every effort to support those in need. Forms from Year 12 arrange some lovely Christmas hampers for the residents at Queen Elizabeth House and the Communities and Charities team laid on a delicious afternoon tea for the residents of Oak Grange care home.
Well done to our Communities and Charities team who put on an impressive Christmas afternoon tea for the residents of Oak Grange. pic.twitter.com/Ii53gismvT
— Community & Charities | The Grange School (@CommunityGrange) December 13, 2021
The Sports department even held their own charity drive alongside their Netball Christmas Festival, gathering donations for Lymphoma Action.
St James Prep and St James Senior Girls’ School in London were able to welcome back their school community to a Christmas Market held on 5 December. The parents arranged the entire event and raised over £9,000 for the two schools and their charities.
Leighton Park School in Reading were as active as ever in their area with their Christmas efforts, which is no surprise considering they were named the winner of the ISA Award for Outstanding Local Community Involvement this year.
A festive Mufti Day was organised by the Fryers (Year 7 and 8) to support Reading Family Aid, Reading’s food bank and Books 2 Africa. It was great to see students wearing their best Christmas gear to start off December as the school looked to go on.
Attentions then turned to help for the Whitley Community Development Association, with Leighton Park contributing a minibus full of gifts and a donation of £2500 to the charity’s Christmas Box campaign.
Busy morning up at Grove @LPSchool with the elves! Boxes arriving from our parents and staff for our Whitley Christmas Box Campaign 2021. #Community #InItTogether #LPValues We are on our way to you @Whitley_CDA ! @ISC_schools @mayorofreading @ReadingCouncil 🎅🏽🎁💫🎄🤝🤩🥰 pic.twitter.com/GHkCK9Elgn
— Leighton Park Partnerships & Outreach (@LPPartnerships) December 13, 2021
Those at Reckitt House, the school’s boarding for senior girls, also supported Berkshire Women’s Aid with some donations boxes of clothes and much more, painting these themselves as they also raised money for the charity with a bake sale.
As well as the gift donations for the Whitley CDA, Leighton Park also backed the Toys and Teen’s appeal from Reading Family Aid, filling up tables with presents for those who are less fortunate in their local area.
It’s beginning to look a lot like …. @RdgFamilyAid 🧸 Toys & Teens Appeal @LPSchool ! 🎄Old School is filling up nicely thanks to the Collect from Amicus Changemakers 🤝- there’s still time to drop off your toys & make someone very happy this Christmas! #makeadifference ⭐️🎅🏽🎁 pic.twitter.com/llF60N3Lah
— Leighton Park Partnerships & Outreach (@LPPartnerships) December 3, 2021
Finally, the school minibus was once again used for a charitable cause as Field House (home to boys boarding in Year 9 and over) and the Sixth Form delivered donations to the Churches in Reading Drop-In Centres for the homeless and also St Mungo’s, a charity providing recovery aid for those those living on the streets.
Leighton Park also had some donations for a local primary school, Ridgeway, showing the power that partnerships can have in our local communities.
Ditcham Park School in Hampshire prepared for their Christmas Jumper day in a sustainable way as the PTA ran a swap shop sale, with jumpers available for just a £1 donation. What an effort to make the most of a chance to support Save the Children UK.
The entire school community then came together with tables full of food and present donations for the Petersfield Food Bank, who will no doubt be working tirelessly to support everyone they can over the festive period.
#Christmas treats and gifts being delivered to #Petersfield #FoodBank Huge thanks to our families & Friends of Ditcham Park School @shineradio @PeefPulse @isaschools #SpiritOfChristmas #Community #2CarLoads #Christmas2021 #Chocolate #MincePies https://t.co/K7kbmRMfwV pic.twitter.com/M7b0Zmadq0
— Ditcham Park School (@DitchamPark) December 10, 2021
King’s High in Warwick supported several charitable drives to make Christmas as special as possible for those who are less fortunate.
With Teams4U’s Shoebox Appeal, King’s High were able to spread the cheer even further, with the charity sending out gifts to children and families through schools, nurseries, orphanages and hospitals across Belarus, Bosnia and Georgia. Just look at all those presents!
Christmas boxes piling up @KHSWarwick for collection by @Teams4u The charity’s Shoe Box appeal helps 1000s of vulnerable children each year, and these will be given to children and families through schools, nurseries, hospitals and orphanages in Belarus, Bosnia & Georgia. pic.twitter.com/UVefVk8pjQ
— King’s High School (@KHSWarwick) November 16, 2021
The school for girls aged 11-18 also provided essential food items for Evelyn’s Gift, who provided Christmas Hampers for young adults leaving care and living independently for the first time.
— King’s High School (@KHSWarwick) November 29, 2021
Once again, one student at an ISA school went above and beyond with their show of support for the local community. Lucy at King’s High crafted some beautiful bracelets, attached with ‘A Christmas Wish’ to be handed to staff at local hospitals and care homes.
What an incredibly thoughtful gesture by Lucy @KHSWarwick who has made bracelets with Christmas wishes on them to give to the staff in local care homes and hospitals. #actsofkindness #community #changemakers pic.twitter.com/MUA5G4vLTN
— King’s High School (@KHSWarwick) December 7, 2021
Tranby School in Hull kicked off December with a unique fundraiser at their Christmas Fair as the Social Action team baked their own handmade dog biscuits to support Street Paws, a charity supporting the animal companions of the homeless. £108 was raised by the students, which allows them to purchase 54 dog tags.
Tranby also held a Christmas Jumper day t0 support Save the Children UK and then arranged a drive to help the hospitals around Hull through the Wishh Charity.
Gifts were donated to children who will spend Christmas in hospital and Tranby also sent over some coffee for all of the superhero staff at the Hull hospitals.
Thank you all @Tranby_school and extended family for your wonderful support this Christmas. Your kindness will help make a real difference and bring smiles to the faces of children cared for over Christmas.#Kindness We are sure the staff will enjoy the @safi_coffee too 💕🎅🏻🎄☕️ pic.twitter.com/SMPjOwv7np
— WISHH Charity (@wishhcharity) December 13, 2021
Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate in York supported several charitable causes this Christmas, supporting organisations with local and international outreach efforts.
In November, the Rotary Shoebox Appeal was backed by Queen Ethelburga’s, seeing shoeboxes filled with small gifts and essential items that will be sent out to disadvantaged families in Eastern Europe. The students even included personalised Christmas cards in each box.
Read more about it here.
During their Charity Committee meeting this week, our dedicated Charity Leaders filled shoeboxes for the Rotary Shoebox Scheme, after spending the last few weeks collecting items to donate. Thank you to all our students involved! #QE #charity #leadership pic.twitter.com/4YCkc96z3d
— Queen Ethelburgas (@qethelburgas) November 5, 2021
After their kind donations to European countries, Queen Ethelburga’s then got behind the Salvation Army’s Toy Appeal in York, collecting over 350 gifts when it was all said and done for the children who are less fortunate around York.
Major Andrew Dunkinson of the York Corps added that the kindness of the Collegiate will ‘make a significant difference to those families who have very little this Christmas.’
The school’s contributions did not stop there though… Queen Ethelburga’s also supported the Festive Hamper Appeal from Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity (HHCC).
With the donations of festive goodies from the school, HHCC are able to deliver more hampers across the North than last year, to the tune of a remarkable 1200 to help families and children in need.
— Queen Ethelburgas (@qethelburgas) December 22, 2021
Just when it seemed like Queen Ethelburga’s couldn’t do any more, in the final week of term, Key Stage 4 students visited York Foodbank.
This was also part of their ‘Volunteer Leaders’ Super-Curricular lesson. The project saw the students research foodbanks, design and display posters and donations boxes across the school and also deliver an assembly to their peers.
All of that work led to a whopping 100 kilos being donated to York foodbank at the critical Christmas period for the charity. Well done to the entire QE community!
On Wednesday afternoon, some of our Key Stage 4 students visited York Foodbank with Miss Smith and Mrs Chapman. Their visit was part of the QE Foodbank Project which they have been involved in this term, during their ‘Volunteer Leaders’ Super-Curricular lesson. pic.twitter.com/3ZqNIoyS8g
— Queen Ethelburgas (@qethelburgas) December 17, 2021
Cranford House in Oxfordshire showed that it was still possible to spread the Christmas spirit of giving in the absence of their usual annual Fair as the school community gathered donations for the elderly at the local Cholsey Day Centre.
Cranford students prepared some beautiful hampers!
We may not have been able to have the Christmas Fair this year but our pupils certainly know how to spread the festive cheer! Thank you to everyone for all their generous donations, which are now being packed into Hampers to drop at the elderly residents at Cholsey Day Centre! pic.twitter.com/TQxmx6kYPb
— Cranford House (@CHSMoulsford) December 3, 2021
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