Raising Money and Awareness
Newington Community Primary went nutty for Comic Relief this year with donations to wear crazy costumes and outlandish outfits to school raising around £700.
It is one of the school’s biggest totals for red nose day as children and staff celebrated the special work of the charity since its launch in 1988.
Head teacher Cliff Stokes said: “What another magnificent response from pupils, families and staff to charity.
“There is so much financial pressure on everyone these days but we can always rely on our Newington school community to dig deep to help those who are worse off than ourselves.”
“There were some lovely costumes on show and our normal blue uniform was transformed to sea of red clothes for the day.”
The message of caring for others was reinforced in a special assembly presented by teacher Hannah Pullman.
She explained: “The theme of the assembly was about knowing where the money goes to that we raised for Comic Relief.
“I spoke about refugees, who they are and what many of them have had to endure. The children watched a short video about a child who was a refugee and how he is supported by the charity.
“We also linked his experiences to a book called 'The Boy at the Back of the Class' by Onjali Rauf which is a thought-provoking story. Told with heart and humour, the story is a child's perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn't always make sense.
“We ended the assembly talking about gratitude and how, although it is important to think about the people benefiting from our donations, it is also important to be thankful for what we have.”
**For more information, contact Head Teacher Cliff Stokes on (01843) 593412.