A COLOURFUL RUN TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE RAINBOW TRUST
Children and their families who were dressed as rainbows brought smiles to the streets of Wiltshire when they took part in a run that met lockdown restrictions to raise charity cash.
Pupils of St Margaret’s Preparatory School, Calne raised over £2,500 for the The Rainbow Trust - a charity which supports families with sick children.
Head of sport Daniel Dury said: “As a school we were blown away by the support of our families during these challenging times. We raised over £2k with members of the general public asking the children what they were doing as they ran past their homes dressed up in their rainbow attire and offered to sponsor some of our families whilst they ran along country lanes.”
The children should have been taking part in a Colour Run at school but when Coronavirus put paid to this event Mr Dury came up with the idea of the Rainbow Run which pupils and their families could do in their gardens or nearby streets.
More than 150 people took part dressed in bright colours. Some wore face paints and adorned themselves with ribbons.
Oonagh Goodman fundraising director of the Rainbow Trust said: “Our family support workers, who are classed as ‘key workers’ in the current crisis, have been part of the national response to rapidly increasing demand, providing critical care and support to seriously ill children and their families in this new frightening reality.
“We are giving emergency practical, mental, and emotional support 24 hours day to families, many of whom have children who are classed as some of the most at-risk because they are in cancer treatment, organ transplant patients and have compromised immune systems.
“Yet whilst our services are in demand more than ever our income has dropped almost overnight as every fundraising event is cancelled.
“We rely on the generosity of the public raising money to fund support to families. So we are doubly grateful to all the families at St Margaret’s Prep School for their resilience, imagination and kindness in going ahead with their colour run ‘virtually’.”
ST MARGARET'S AWAREDED FAIRAWARE STATUS
Children at St Margaret's are learning they have the power to make a difference to the world by becoming part of the Fairtrade movement. The FairAware status is gained by carrying out a number of projects including an audit to check if Fairtrade products are being used everywhere from staff room coffee to cotton in uniform.
They also held a Fairtrade cake sale to complete the challenge section of the award scheme. Year 6 teacher Emma Symonds said: “The application was led by Year 6, and involved the whole school. We teach Fairtrade as a topic in Year 6, and in addition to the classroom-based learning, the children led an assembly and held a cake sale with cakes made from Fairtrade ingredients. We are now working towards the next level which is FairActive.”
A spokesman for Fairtrade Schools, which is part of the Fairtrade Foundation, said: “Becoming a Fairtrade School means joining a worldwide movement – a movement where young people learn that, whatever their age, they have the power to make a difference in the world.
“It offers a great opportunity to look at global issues such as where our food comes from and how we are connected to people around the world. Students can also learn a range of skills, from teamwork and co-operation to persuasive writing to running a stall or tuck shop.”
ST MARGARET'S WAVES THE FLAG FOR ALL THINGS GREEN.
St Margaret's Preparatory School has now received our third Green Flag from Eco-Schools which is part of Keep Britain Tidy.
Luckily St Margaret’s managed to finish its application before lockdown began and instead of an inspector paying a visit, as would normally happen, was judged on its portfolio of work.
Lee Wray-Davies the Eco-Schools manager for England said: “Congratulations to St Margaret’s on achieving your third Green Flag.I would like to thank you for continuing to work on your Eco-Schools Green Flag during these unprecedented time- it is a true reflection of your school’s determination to make a real difference.”
St Margaret’s eco lead and Year 6 teacher, Emma Symonds, praised pupils in her year who led the project and encouraged children from all age groups to become more aware of environmental issues. One of the young eco warriors came up with the idea for a competition to see which class could collect the most used batteries so they could be recycled properly. Miss Symonds said: “I am very proud of all our Eco-Committee. They led the whole
project and decided which of the ten topics listed for the Green Flag award they wanted to work on. They all put in a lot of time and effort and inspired other children.”
Green Flag is the highest of three awards given by Eco-Schools and to keep the status has to be renewed every two years.