Our charity committee is keen to make an impact within our local community and the wider world.
As part of the committee, one of our aims is to raise money for selected charities through organising fundraising events within the school.
We also recognise that money is not the only way of being charitable. A valuable and important way we can be charitable is by offering our time and support to members of our local community and local charity groups.
Together we can make a real difference!
Charitable giving 2017-2018: The year that was... fantastic!
This year, we have taken our charity work to a new level. Following in God's footsteps, we have answered his call to help those most in need not only in terms of the money we have raised but also with what we have been able to donate to various different charities.
Starting off the year, the PTFA organised a wonderful Macmillan Coffee Morning both at school and at Castlecroft and raised over £500. This charity really does wonderful work for those who are suffering with Cancer and their families so this will have really helped their organsation.
In November, the children raised the roof with their wonderful singing in aid of Children in Need and Cheska was the fantastic winner of the 'The Voice of St Rose' singing competition. This really was a wonderful way to showcase the talents of our children whilst also supporting Children in Need. We raised over £200 on this day.
Our Advent charitable giving took a different route this year as we supported the Bags for Brummies appeal organised by Love Brum, a charitable organisation based in the centre of Birmingham. Through this appeal, we were able to send 8 bags to homeless people ready for Christmas. Alongside this, Mr Birmingham took sleeping bags that had been donated by our school to the streets of Birmingham on Christmas Eve and a local food bank benefited from all of the food that was given for the same appeal. Your generosity was amazing and this will have touched the hearts of many people living in poverty or without shelter over the winter period. Again, we also wore our Christmas Jumpers to support the Birmingham Children's Hospital and were able to send them another cheque for almost £200.
During our preparation for Easter, we once again thought about our Lenten Charitable giving and were able to support Cafod, Father Hudsons and Sports Relief. We set ourselves a huge challenge of walking a million steps for Sports Relief and each and every person helped us to achieve our target. Every household received a 'Good Shepherds Appeal' box and many children brought back boxes full of loose change to help this very worthy cause. During Lent, our charitable giving also made a surprise contribution to the Birmingham Women's Hospital but this time, rather than money, we helped the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit by supporting them through donations of nappies. This was quite a strange request at the time but, when the nurses explained how under funded the unit is and how many of the tiny babies do not have their own supply, we rose to their plea and send over 2000 nappies to help the really tiny babies. It was heartwarming to see how grateful the nurses were when these were taken to them and this, once again, demonstrates how our school respond to those in need.
As we now come to the end of the summer term, we can reflect on one of our final acts of charitable giving for this academic year - the annual summer charity day. The weather was booked well in advance, a little too good maybe but it didn't dampen our spirits. This year, we took to the streets of Birmingham to complete a 5km walk from our school to Rowheath Pavillion and back. Supporting the Birmingham Children's Hospital for the fourth year running and, in addition to this, supporting the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Birmingham Women's Hospital, we all wore red and purple to make a statement to the general public. The sun was shining and the temperature rose as the day continued but this did not affect the enthusiasm and determination of each and every person that took part on the day. This was always going to be a challenge but the heat added a new dimension so we should all be very proud of what we achieved for the two charities and for children across the Midlands.
We have always raised a considerable amount of money for the Birmingham Children's Hospital and this year was no different. Instead of meeting last year's total, we broke new barriers and raised over £4600 for our charity walk. This, combined with the previous 3 years, means we have now raised over £15,000 for the hospital which is astounding.
As we come the end of our sixth year of raising money, our charitable giving in monetary donations alone stands at over £28,000 and this is, quite simply, remarkable. Each and every person that has handed in £1 for wearing their own clothes, bought a cake at a cake sale, brought in food for the food bank, donated old clothes to the homeless and raised money for our sponsored walk should feel immensely proud of what we have achieved. We always say that every penny counts and this is so very true.
Together we make a huge difference to the lives of so many people and we look forward to how we can continue to make a difference in the next academic year.
Well done St Rose!
This year, I set the children a challenge to help encourage our fundraising for the big summer event. The challenge was to see who could raise the most money in each class and my goodness, did the children rise to the challenge. Each class now has a charity champion - some even have two. These children raised the most money for their class and, together raised a phenomenal £1000 between them - almost a quarter of the total raised by the school.
As we move into the next academic year, these children will now be the champions for all of our charity work and will be at the forefront of all our events and charitable acts. They should be exceptionally proud of what they achieved and I hope they enjoy and gain even more reward from what lies ahead of them.
Our charity champions are:
Year 1: Amelia
Year 2: Maisey R
Year 3: Lucie
Year 4: Finlay and Aya
Year 5: Panashe and Millie
Year 6: Amelia
Christmas at Castlecroft
Today, we took the gifts and cards that the children had made and written for the lovely residents at Castlecroft Care Home. As part of our charitable work, we think it is really important to extend our charitable work to those people within our school community. By giving gifts to the residents during the Christmas period, we are letting them know that we are thinking of them and wish them all a very Merry Christmas. The choir took the gifts over to the care home and sang beautifully to all the residents, some of whom remembered us from last year. It was wonderful to see their smiles and they were so grateful to us that it really shows we can make a difference to other peoples lives.
Well done St Rose!
Children in Need - Teachers vs. Pupils TV Challenge!
Well done to all the teachers and pupils who took part in the Children in Need TV Challenge on Friday. They really gave 100% to everything we threw at them, including the critters in the Bush Tucker Trial. We really do have an amazing team!
To help raise money for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital we are running an ‘I Spy’ competition. Look closely at the pictures of the book bench below and write down the titles of as many stories that you think have been featured on the bench. Bring your answers, along with a £1 competition entry fee to Mrs Beddall by Friday 8th July when the winner will be announced.
All money raised from the competition fees will be added to the total of our school charity day!
Sports Relief - Friday 18th March 2016
Well done to all the children who took part in the Sports Relief Fitness Challenge on Friday. It was fantastic to see all of the children in their house colours and it made for a real sense of competition across the school.
In KS2 they braved the cold (and it was very chilly) to complete the bleep test - a real test of stamina and endurance. The children were fantastic and highlighted just how fit they really are with some children achieving amazing levels and housepoints for their teams. EYFS and KS1 didn't let us down either and showed great enthusiasm and determination for their shuttle run challenges. There was a great atmosphere during each of the children
There was a great atmosphere during each of the challenges and the children were delighted to find out how their housepoints had affected the overall total. Well done to everyone but a big congratulations to the children in St Sebastian who were the overall housepoint champions.
Of course, whilst the children had fun they knew we were doing this to raise money for Sports Relief so well done to everyone who brought in their £1.
Please see the individual class pages for more information on what each class did!
Another great charity day at St Rose... I wonder what the summer will bring?
Christmas with Castlecroft
This year, we decided that we would make the residents of Castlecroft Care Home the focus for our Christmas Charity Work. Knowing that many elderly people around the UK don’t have family or friends to think about them over the Christmas period, we made it our mission to ensure that all the residents received Christmas cards and gifts from the children at our school. Each class was assigned a group of residents and they worked hard to make cards and special Christmas treats for each of them.
On Thursday morning the charity committee, along with representatives from years 2 and 1, Reception and Nursery, visited the care home and took the gifts for all the residents. The children sang Christmas carols beautifully and were a real credit to the school. There were tears of happiness from a few of the residents but it was wonderful to see them smile and sing along with our children.
“It was lovely to see how the elderly people reacted to our visit. Our songs will have given them lots of Christmas joy and we really enjoyed seeing their winter wonderland. We feel really proud that we have gone out of way to do something good and we hope this makes them very happy.”
Angela and Naomi, Year 5 Charity Committee.
This is real charity work in action and there can be no greater reward then seeing someone smile because of something we have done for them.
Well done to all of the children and staff for their hard work during this project.
Children in Need 2015
This year, the charity committee decided that the children should put on their dancing shoes and show their talent through a 'Strictly Come Dancing' style dance competition... and they weren't disappointed.
With auditions taking place before Children in Need day, it was clear that St Rose has talent in abundance!
Well done to everyone who took part and a special congratulations to Bianca (Y6) who was voted as the overall winner!