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
Charitable giving in Lent
During Lent, we always try to raise money for different charities. This Lent, we will be having own clothes days to raise money as follows:
|Friday 2nd March 2018
||Own clothes - bring £1 for Father Hudsons
|Friday 9th March 2018
||Big Bandage day - wear your own clothes and a bandage - bring £1 for Birmingham Children's Hospital 'Big Bandage Appeal'
|Friday 16th March 2018
||Own clothes - bring £1 for Cafod
|Friday 23rd March 2018
||Own Clothes - bring £1 for Sports Relief
Bags for Brummies Appeal - Friday 1st December
This Friday, we will be collecting for the ‘Bags for Brummies’ appeal. These bags will be distributed to the homeless over Christmas. Each class will give one bag to the appeal. We therefore need to collect the following items:
Hats Sleeping Bags
Warm Clothes Sports Water Bottle Food Vouchers
Please bring in whatever you can donate on Friday in return for wearing your own clothes.
During the season of Advent, each Friday will be an own clothes day to help raise money for different charities. Details of what you need to bring and who we are raising money for is listed below:
Friday 1st December: Bags for Brummies campaign (see below)
Friday 8th December: Bring a bottle for the PTFA tombola
Friday 15th December: Wear your Christmas Jumper and bring in £1 for Birmingham Children's Hospital
Friday 22nd December: £1 for Cafod Gifts.
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!
Teachers vs. Children Children in Need TV Challenge
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!
I spy with my little eye...
Challenge for children - raffle!
As part of the fundraising for the Birmingham Children's Hospital, we will be having a raffle at the end of the school day on Friday 8th July. There are some fantastic prizes available to win this year, many of which will provide some wonderful things for you to do during the 6 weeks holiday. Tickets cost 50p each or £2 for a strip of 5. Please see Miss Neville at break times or after school in the main playground to buy them!
Raffle ticket prizes.
- Overnight stay with Breakfast at Ibis Budget Hotel in Birmingham
- 4 entrance tickets to Hatton Country World (worth £56)
- 2 meals and 2 hot drinks at Boston Tea Party, Harborne
- £25 voucher for The Plough, Harborne
- 6 cinema tickets for Empire Cinemas, Great Park
- 4 x 2 hour play sessions at Treasure Island Soft Play, Northfield
- 2 main meals and 2 children's meals at the Old House at Home, Harborne
- Family game voucher for Holywood Bowl, Great Park
- £20 beauty voucher for Beauty As, Longbridge
- 3 x 1 week pass to a Steps2Sport Holiday course (3 separate prizes)
- 3 x 6 week play pass offering unlimited soft play for 2 children + 10% off food at Wacky Warehouse @ Old House at Home, Harborne (3 separate prizes)
- Teddy Bear
Thank you to all the companies who have kindly donated the prizes to this charity raffle.
Challenge for Children - Friday 8th July
Raising money for Birmingham Children's Hospital
On Friday 8th July, we will be putting on our red t-shirts again to help raise as much money as we can for Birmingham Children's Hospital. This year, we are raising money for the Star Appeal which has been set up to help the hospital create the UK's first centre for children with rare diseases.
Last year, we raised over £2500 which is a phenomenal amount. This year, we've set the target for £2000 but we're hoping to raise even more.
What are we doing?
This year, the children will be challenged to complete 4 different challenges during the day. The challenges have been designed to not only challenge them physically, but also to help them become more aware of the challenges that children face on a daily basis. All children, from nursery to Year 6, will take part in the following:
- Skipping challenge
- Shuttle run challenge
- Blindfolded penalty shoot or football
- Blindfolded obstacle course
How do we raise money?
Sponsorship forms: Each child has been given a sponsorship form that they can use to get sponsorship for the challenge. We would encourage the children to collect the money as they get sponsorship, simply as this makes it easier for them. All sponsorship forms should be brought in on Friday 1st July so that we can count the total.
Justgiving website: You can make online donations at www.justgiving.com/olstrosechallenge
Text donations: You can donate £5 to our fundraising by texting OLSR80 and £5 to 70070.
What will happen on the day?
All children should either wear their Children's Hospital T-Shirts from last year's event or wear a red t-shirt on the day. The event will take place during the school day and finish with a parents event at the end of the day.
If any parents are able to offer their help during the day, please see Miss Neville.
To find out more about the Star Appeal, please watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fl4WRzgrZH8
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?
Sports Relief Class Photos
Sports Relief Ultimate Fitness Champions 2016
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!
'St Rose does Strictly' Finalists