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Charsfield Primary School spread a little happiness this Christmas

In this unprecedented time, pupils at Charsfield Primary School have been looking at how they can make a difference in the community and improve mental health and wellbeing of themselves and others around them. For a small school of just 38 pupils, they have made an incredible difference to the lives of many others this term. Here are just a few of the things that the school has been involved in.

The school was delighted to be able to support the Lighthouse Women’s Aid in Ipswich with their reverse advent calendar appeal. Pupils and their families generously donated gifts and essentials throughout the beginning of Advent, to help these families through a particularly challenging time in their lives. Debbie, the Fundraising and Training Administrator from Lighthouse Women’s Aid said, “We thank Charsfield Primary School for their support again this year, it is always such a pleasure to talk to the lovely children (virtually this year!), thank them personally for their donations and explain to them how they will make a difference to those less fortunate than themselves this Christmas.”

Secondly, as part of the ‘Suffolk Says Thanks’ campaign, the school has formed a link with Handford House a 52 room nursing home in Ipswich where one of the staff’s parents lives. During the summer term, having learnt about the residents and what illnesses or difficulties they have in the home, pupils wrote to them to tell them about school life during lockdown and what they were doing to stay fit and healthy both in mind and body. The pupils had discussed the campaign, ‘Cards for Kindness’, an initiative which aims to reduce loneliness in our care homes by encouraging members of the community to send a card to a local care home.  The Handford House residents had kindly sent the pupils a handmade Christmas card and the children reciprocated with great enthusiasm creating a wonderful collection of Christmas drawings made into a large book full of festive wishes.  Mrs Foster, who is a Teaching Assistant at the school and the lead for Mental Health and Wellbeing, has helped to form the link with Handford House, and said “The staff are so proud of how the children have thrown themselves into this task, and how much they thought they gave about the people it was going to; with a genuine desire to bring happiness to other people that they don’t even know.  We look forward to continuing links with this nursing home in 2021.”

The school has been delighted to be able to raise lots of money for various charities this half term, particularly when so many people have found this year financially challenging. Pupils and staff dressed up in spots and stripes for Children in Need, designed and sold their own Christmas cards to raise money for the Salvation Army and finally donned their festive jumpers for the Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day on December 11th. In total, the school raised £150 for these charities. The school wants to thank all of the families who have been so supportive this term, in what has been an unusual and challenging time for all.

The pupils were looking forward to their annual trip to a pantomime, which sadly due to the Covid pandemic had to be cancelled.  In true “the show must go on spirit,” the PTA stepped in to fund a virtual showing of Cinderella for the pupils in their separate bubbles.  This was made all the more special by the staff surprising them by dressing up as characters from the story, and then being ushers showing them to their seats and issuing them with popcorn. Even Father Christmas upped his game this year to reward the pupils.  Instead of his normal visit, he ‘went virtual’ and sent the pupils a very special video message and a small gift each.

Head of School, Mrs Amie Reeve said, “Charsfield Primary School have certainly shown that a bit of thought and kindness can make such a difference to so many people lives, in what will certainly be a Christmas to remember for a very long time to come.”

If you’d like to find out more about what this small school between Wickham Market and Framlingham can offer you and your child, please call us on Tel: 01473 737347.