Supporting the Local Community

Supporting Local CommunityLast year the Ethics Committee, which is a student led group who plan and co-ordinate charity and social justice events, reviewed how the money raised in school had been distributed. The key outcome of this review was that we found for the last three years the vast majority went to national and international charities. Therefore, last year a number of our key events sought to raise money for the groups working within the local community.

Following this, on Thursday 26th January, Sophie Lawson from Poole Hospital Charity visited St Edward’s in order to be presented with a cheque for £1,460 which was raised last year by students taking part in the charity mile. We also have cheques to be presented to the International Care Network, a Bournemouth based charity supporting the relocation of migrants and refugees into the local area and one for Routes to Roots, a charity working with homeless people in Poole.

Social Justice Update

Last term, students were involved in a number of different fundraising and social justice events. In November the sale of Poppies was organised by Mr Gurr and his tutor group through a link with the Poole Branch of the Royal British Legion and managed to raise £159.69 for their work.

In December the Ethics Committee co-ordinated a collection for Poole Food Bank. We were overwhelmed with donations and a groups of sixth form students helped to deliver more than 8 trolleys worth of food, which weighed in at 265 kilos.

On the last day of term we supported the Children’s Society annual Christmas Jumper Day appeal. A number of students from across all year groups got involved and we managed to raise £422.90 to support important work done by the Children’s Society.

Poole Junior Open

Many of our students produced drawings on the theme of Natural History which were entered in to the drawing competition entitled the Poole Junior Open. Imogen Barham in year 7 was selected as a prize winner in her age group and attended a presentation during half term at Poole Museum.

High Flyers

On Thursday 20th October we took 3 High Flyers teams to the County School’s Boccia Competition held at Queen Elizabeth School. The day consisted of lots of very close games, our teams displayed excellent tactics throughout the day, and the students that went should be very proud of their achievements. Unfortunately we got knocked out of the competition in the quarter finals to Allenborne Middle School.

Poole & East Dorset Netball Leagues

St Edward’s plays host to the annual Poole and East Dorset Schools Netball League for Year 9, 10 and 11. The Year 11 league was an exceptionally close competition with the top three schools being separated by only 2 points. A massive well done to the Year 11 girls who took part in the competition, they demonstrated excellent drive, determination and motivation and because of this finished in 3rd place overall. Well done girls, keep up the fantastic work. The Year 10 league started on Wednesday 2nd November and our Year 10’s currently sit in 2nd place on goal difference. Good luck to the girls for the remaining matches, let’s hope a medal is in sight!

GCSE Geographers Make News

The evening of Tuesday 18 October saw sixteen teams from schools across Dorset go head-to-head in the Annual Geographical Association GCSE World Wide Quiz. St Edward’s Schools teams finished in a very respectable position mid-table. The event also helps to raise money towards a charity chosen by the host school. This year £160 was donated. The money will be used to support Samara’s Aid Appeal, a charity that helps – provide humanitarian and medical aid to areas in the Middle East impacted by conflict.