The total raised for charity so far this year is £6456.55
"Those who are gracious to the poor lend to the Lord, and the Lord will fully repay them." Proverbs 19:17
At St. Bernadette’s we are committed to educating the whole child which includes instilling a sense of moral and social responsibility, as well as recognising the importance of following the call of Jesus to live our lives with a commitment to the greater good. Through being committed to works of charity we are providing our children with the opportunity to practise selflessness, generosity and compassion, while teaching them the importance of serving others. This helps our children to understand the responsibility that has been placed upon us to do what we can to show our support and solidarity with all members of God’s Family. Our commitment to the support of those less fortunate than ourselves leads us to support both local, national and international organisations and charities in their work with those in need. This helps our children foster a sense of purpose and fulfilment that transcends academic achievement and helps create well-rounded individuals who are committed to making the world a better place.
“So clean the inside by giving gifts to the poor, and you will be clean all over. Turn both your pockets and your hearts inside out and give generously to the poor; then your lives will be clean, not just your dishes and your hands.” Luke 11:41
Each half term, the children in each year band take the main responsibility for charity work and are encouraged to adopt a charity of their own choice.
Save the Children's work saves and improves children's lives around the world. They work to ensure children have healthcare, food and shelter, as well as learning and child protection services when children need it most. Nursery and Reception had a wonderful morning making Dens with our family and friends. You helped us to £208.55 for this fantastic charity.
You also helped us to raise a further £736 for Nancy, a little girl in our nursery, who was recently diagnosed with leukaemia. We held a disco for Nancy, and all of her friends, and we partied the afternoon away! Thank you to everyone for your generous donations. Nancy and her family are truly grateful for the love and support they have received over the last few months.
Mission Together is the Catholic Church’s official children’s charity for overseas mission. They are part of a global Catholic organisation, which helps children around the world follow the example of Jesus: praying and sharing to support all God’s children, everywhere, regardless of background or belief. Money raised through Mission Together funds children’s projects in 157 countries.
Year 1 organised a disco after school and held a ‘Guess the name of the Teddy and Dog’ competition.
A group of children from year 1 then attended a special celebratory Mass at St. Chad’s Cathedral on Saturday 11th March where they read the prayers of intercession. The children were also presented with a certificate, thanking Year 1 for their fundraising efforts.
The British Red Cross has been helping millions of people in the UK and around the world get the support they need when crisis strikes. They are a volunteer-led humanitarian organisation that helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. They enable vulnerable people at home and overseas to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their own communities and when the crisis is over, we help people recover and move on with their lives.
Thank you to everyone that bought a raffle ticket to help Year 2 raise money for the British Red Cross.
Year 3 are busy deciding on their charity for this half term!
WaterAid work with partners in some of the toughest places in the world. Since 1981, across 28 countries, they’ve reached 28.5 million with clean water, 29 million with decent toilets, and 27.8 million with good hygiene. With these basics, entire communities have been able to unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good. WaterAid have convinced governments to change laws, link policy makers with people on the ground, pool knowledge and resources and rally support from people and organisations around the world, making lasting change happen on a massive scale.
Year 4 sold raffle tickets for their Holiday Hampers.
Birmingham Children’s Hospital is a leading, specialist paediatric centre, delivering some of the most advanced treatments, complex surgical procedures and cutting-edge research to over 90,000 children and young people from across the UK and beyond. Every patient and family benefits from their charity, but the impact of fundraising is much more than purely financial. It makes a real difference to the spaces, treatment and equipment they provide to children and their families.
Year 5 held a charity disco to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital!
Heartlands Hospital Charity supports patients, families and staff at Heartlands Hospital & the Birmingham Chest Clinic by funding equipment, facilities and research through donations and fundraising.
Year 6 will be raising money by selling tickets for their end of year production - Matilda!
At St. Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School, we also lead whole school charity events.
This year we raised £158 during our MacMillan Coffee Morning.
We took part in Jolly Jumper Day to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital and raised £473. We asked everyone to wear their favourite festive pullover and donate £1 per person (or a donation of their choice).
Over twenty members of staff from St. Bernadette's Primary School climbed Mount Snowdon in 2021 to raise money for two members of our school community. We raised £13,176.
We helped Holy Family Church raise money by helping at the Christmas fayre. The children and staff from St Bernadette’s supported the church by holding a chocolate tombola!
On Thursday 4th May, we celebrated the King's coronation in school. On this day the children were invited to wear red, white and blue and bring in a 50p donation and we raised £212. This money was used to raise funds for The Prince's Trust - a charity that is close to the King's heart. The Prince’s Trust believes that every young person should have the chance to succeed, no matter what their background or the challenges they are facing.
Year 5 and 6 performed for a Carol Service at Holy Family Church. They asked for a £1 entry charge with all proceeds going to Holy Family Church.
The Mini Vinnies from Key Stage 2 held a cake sale for Father Hudson's Good Shepherd Appeal and raised an amazing £325 in one day! We also raised an additional £403.50 through the Good Shepherd boxes.
We held an ‘Own Clothes Day’ on Thursday 15th December to raise money for the bereaved families, one of whom was a pupil at St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School in Kingshurst. We aimed to raise £500 but as always, families demonstrated incredible kindness and generosity and as a result we raised £1395. This has now been sent to St Anthony’s to pass on to the families. Thank you and please continue to keep the families in your thoughts and prayers.
We sold raffle tickets for our annual Easter Egg raffle week. We raised £440 which was donated to The Brain Tumour Charity in memory of our past pupil, Darcy.
In many ways, the mere act of being charitable is its own reward. But being compassionate to people who are less fortunate is also something that God will reward.
As part of our Lenten almsgiving, we collected food for the food bank at Lily’ Tea Parlour. Lily's is the first community project of its kind, supporting people with Dementia, Parkinson’s, Cancer and those people who need company. This project helps spreads awareness and gives support to those who may need it.
Staff at school organised an afternoon tea social for the residents from Aran Court Care Home. Fun was had by all!
FareShare Midlands said a big thank you to Haris and Niamh for their amazing help during our Tesco Food Collection! They helped to collect long life food, like pasta, rice and tins to be redistributed to charities across the Midlands, including food banks, homeless shelters and community cafes. FareShare Midlands relies on the dedication and generosity of volunteers, so they are very grateful for support!
Nursery and Reception children decorated their own bonnet/hat to commemorate Holy Week and the coming of Easter. The children took part in a parade and were joined by some of the residents from Aran Court Care Home.
We were so proud to have filled the shelves at SIFA Fireside with donations from our very generous families. SIFA Fireside support adults who are experiencing homelessness, or those who are at risk of homelessness in Birmingham and the surrounding areas.
We offer coats to parents on a "Swap Shop" basis, the swapped coats can then be washed and hung ready for another parent whose child needs a new coat.
“Love is not patronising and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same — with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.” St. Teresa of Calcutta