At Cokethorpe School the importance of showing children the ways in which they can be involved in helping others and instilling a sense of understanding and generosity all begin at a young age.
The Junior School holds a number of events throughout the year to raise money for their chosen charities. Here is a sample of recent events.
During the Michaelmas Term we visited Pennyhook's Farm, a farm that provides learning experiences for children with Autism. We supported this good cause in the Summer Term and were invited to make a visit.
We also held a Harvest Appeal and gathered coins in 'Cuppa Cups'. The children also collected games, jigsaws, birthday cards and packs of playing cards. These were presented to a local charity 'Cotswold Volunteers'. This charity supports the lonely, isolated and elderly in our community. The money raised paid for their Christmas Party.
We have a continued link with The Nasio Trust Charity which supports impoverished children in Kenya, providing education, meals and medical care. For Christmas, we filled party bags for these children and sent them a variety of knitted hats and money raised from a raffle. In the Lent Term 2014, a Sponsored Walk in the School grounds raised money for The Nasio Trust.
The fundraising activity culminated in the annual Junior School Charity Week that took place in June. During the week the children organised a number of ‘pop-up’ stalls around the School and other events such as raffles, a toy sale, games afternoon and a very popular cake sale. The chosen charity for these events was SpecialEffect. Dr Mick Donegan came to talk about this charity in assembly and demonstrated computer software and adaptations for disabled children.
These events build on previous success and provide relevant learning opportunities for Cokethorpe children.