This year's Staff Christmas Appeal was in support of a local charity and their 'Bags of Hope'.
Donations of blankets, hats, gloves, scarves, socks, biscuits, chocolates, and children's toys were asked for, and the staff dug deep. The skip bag that we had ended up overflowing and had to be dragged out to the car!
The donations will support 'families in need' this Christmas and into the New Year.
A message of thanks has been received by Emmanuel Church for donations given by the parents/families/friends of pupils in Y1 who attended the Y1 performance.
£66.19 was donated in cash, and there are card payments to add in on top, all in support of Project 5000!
Thank you all.
It was lovely to see so many parents of Year 5 pupils join us for the Year 5 Harvest Assembly at the end of Autumn (1) 2022; we had more guests than we imagined, which was wonderful. The pupils used this opportunity to launch the school's Harvest Appeal, which was, once again in support of a local foodbank.
Our thanks go to all who donated food items; at a time when things are ‘tighter in family purses’, it was all the more special that we received a significant number of items. We had 4 bins (clean, dustbins!) full of produce!
As part of the Year 5 and 6 ‘Dreams and Goals’ unit in our PHSE curriculum, the children were asked the question:
To this end, they decided to link this with Red Nose Day.
All of the children worked with a small group of friends to design and create games for the whole school community to enjoy on the afternoon of Red Nose Day, while raising funds for this important
charity. The afternoon was a great success. Children across the school enjoyed all of the activities on offer and the Year 5 and 6 children did an amazing job of which they should be very proud.
Well done to all of you who participated, played games and helped us to raise funds.
The children had a fantastic day raising money for a great cause. This year, classes in Years 5 and 6 made cakes for a bake sale and constructed games for the younger children to play – this was a huge success!
Overall, the sale of red noses was £700 and the class monies on the day came to a staggering £870!
This brought the fund raising to £1570
Thank you to everyone who made this possible.
Another flood of wonderful Christmas Jumpers washed through the school on Friday 10th December as part of Save the Children's annual Christmas Jumper Day!
We really hoped that the donations taken this year would beat our last year's total of £277.00...well they did! £350! THANK YOU:-)
What a fantastic day we had – £595 raised by our pupilsJ.
Thank you parents so much for all of your support too.
Each class chose their own activities to carry out (using their Pupil Voice), with classes across the school choosing:
The School Council (who helped organise this event) gave their comments on the day:
“Having a talent show made me understand hidden talents in my class.”
“I didn’t know that my friend played the recorder”
“It was fun dressing up as a celebrity!
“My teacher made me laugh as she kept calling out during my teaching lesson!”
Harvest 2021 found us ‘gathering food for others’ again; doing it in support of others. We have done this before, but the response was so good it seemed really worthwhile doing it again this year. The food collection was in support of the local PACE foodbank.
The type of food that we collected/gathered was non-perishable food such as,
UHT milk, Long life juice, Cereal, Tinned food, Tea bags, Instant coffee, sugar, packet sauce mixes, pasta sauces…
All food gathered was used in the food parcels that the charity provides for families in need.
A bit about PACE: It is an emergency food bank service for those who find themselves in temporary need. Food parcels are given out on a referral basis, a significant number of other charities, agencies and organisations within the area refer vulnerable families who are in need of this vital service.
The content of each parcel is specifically compiled by a professional nutritionist and is devised to encourage a healthy diet. The value of each parcel is approximately £35-40 and its contents will feed a family of four for several days, helping to bridge the gap until they receive their next personal payment.
We raised £1250 for this national/international charity this year.
Wearing red...buying noses...being super heroes (or villains!)...sharing our (sometimes hidden) talents with our classmates...having a bit of fun in aid of a great cause.
Well done Team Mountfields!
Below, you are still be able to click on the link to access last year's very special Children in Need Choir that the pupils from Mountfields Lodge were part of! Such a special and memorable time. The link shows the choir performing in the Memorial Hall in Mountsorrel (and other searching will enable you to see, and hear them, as part of the nationwide CiN Choir). We were so incredibly proud of them all – as I’m sure many of you were. To be part of something so ‘high profile’ was an absolute privilege and joy! (Mrs Craggs, Mrs Armitage and Mr Coleman would agree! They were there with them!).
This year the clips of the choir were re-played many time on BBC East Midlands today, and pupils saw themselves and friends again:-).
This year's CiN Day in school, was 'different'; we still took part - as we always do - but we stayed in our classes to stay safe. No Talent Showcases or Cake Sales this year; but plenty of spotty clothes and across the school many ‘Act Your Age’ challenges. The children were challenged to simply take their age, or the combined age of your friends or family, and turn it into a fundraiser. Whether a solo challenge, a socially distanced or virtual group, or a challenge group within class bubbles we raised money to help change young lives across the UK.
Our excellent total raised this year was...£905
In past years many of our children have been part of remembrance services, but this year, as with many aspects of our lives, things were different.
Services were different and much was streamed on-line and celebrated 'from a distance'.
In school, as we do every year, we took the opportunity, and time, to remember.
Mr. Hoare 'led' via a pre-recorded assembly, reminding the children what Remembrance was all about. This was then followed, at 11.00am, with classes right across the school acknowledging the national 2-minute's silence. Outside on the Brick Playground, Year 5 and 6 gathered in their class bubbles and all across the school, from the safety of their class 'bubbles', pupils and staff listened as Mr Coleman played the ‘Last Post’ on his trumpet; we had our moment of silence…you could have heard a pin drop! It was a very special and respectful moment.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Sport Relief 2020
Children, staff and parents put on their sports kits and took part in 2020m for 2020 in which they ran, jogged or walked. Everyone showed great determination and had fun running with their friends and family. Mr Hoare even ran the course twice!
Comic Relief's Red Nose Day 2019
£932.79 raised this year through wearing your pyjamas to school, baking cakes, selling cakes and eating cakes!! (all for a great cause).
Harvest Appeal 2019
Year 5 held their Harvest Assembly on Friday 27th September and launched the 2019 Harvest Appeal in support of the Loughborough Food Bank.
We supported the charity with donations of non-perishable food items, such as: UHT milk, long-life fruit juice, cereal, tinned vegetables, tinned meat, tinned fish, tinned puddings, tea bags, instant coffee... All were used in the food parcels that the charity provides for families in need. We provided over a dozen boxes of food items. Thank you to everyone who helped us.
We decided that we would run a '10p Collection' during the Summer Term of 2019 and this Autumn our new House Captains presented over £200 to Mrs. Cook towards the making of the Storytelling Seat on the Green Belt that so many of you will have seen, and marvelled at (it is a very clever piece of sculpture). All of our Y5 and Y6 pupils attended the ‘opening ceremony’ as representatives of the school.
It was our very small way of saying 'thank you' to the late Mr. Harry Cook who helped our school in so many different ways over the years.
Sports for Schools
Raising Funds for Team GB Athletes through Sports for Schools (and some valuable funds for our school sports and physical well-being equipment too). £3500 raised in total!! A truly inspiring and rewarding event.
We do make money on our School Book Fair and any commission that we get is used to buy books to put straight in to the Class Book Selections OR in to the School Library. In 2019 we took our commission based upon takings of £1044.13! THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THIS TOTAL; it helps promote reading at home and in school.
In association with Braiswick Photographic as part of their charitable work we raised £85 for Cancer Research UK.
Sporting activities were undertaken throughout the week beginning 19th March across the whole school to help raise awareness in our pupils of those less fortunate than themselves and to show how sport can be used to help change young people's lives.
On Friday 23rd March all pupils and staff wore sports kit to take part in the Mountfields Lodge Squirrel Mile, an activity organised by a group of Y6 pupils who recognised that children have the power to help other children IF they put their minds to it. We raised £322.92!
In 2020 we will be supporting this charity once again:-)
In support of a local children’s and young person’s hospice pupils and parents have been busy collecting clothes and household items for recycling and re-purposing.
We wanted to help raise awareness of the needs of others and to help our pupils understand (once again) the power of 'the collective' to bring about change (and the role of the individual in that process).It was also important that our pupils understand how people can help make the most difficult of times as happy as possible for families and individuals. We collected an impressive 60 bags of items to recycle and re-purpose.
This is something we will be invovled with again...but we swapped to supporting the Air Ambulance in 2019 with collections of unused and unwanted clothes.