Half term finished with a stunning fundraising event organised by Silver Base – a coffee morning for the whole school in aid of the charity Forever Angels. Students prepared for this brilliantly; they led an assembly a few weeks earlier so that we knew something about the charity, then they wrote a letter to me to ask when they could hold the coffee morning. Last week, several students met staff to make a timetable for the morning so that everyone could visit without it becoming overcrowded. There was an appetising selection of cakes on offer and the coffee morning raised £155. I was lucky enough to be in the room to hear the great whoop of joy when they realised that every last cake had been sold and that the event had been a resounding success. For us it was doubly successful because our students had been involved at every step of the way, from the initial ideas and choice of charity to the washing up and clearing away at the end. We were all very proud. We also held an RE Day on Shrove Tuesday; the topic was Lent, and you could smell pancakes all over the school. Bases were involved in sensory activities, sand pictures and puppet shows, while some of our older students thought about what they would give up for Lent and whether they thought they would be able to sustain it. (Many thought that it would be very difficult!) We know that many people were affected by the dreadful floods at Christmas and that it will be a long time before some families are back in their homes. Our allotment in Bingley was flooded and, while our neighbours in the allotments have done a great clearing up job, we know that there is still much to be done. Some of our students are looking forward to the chance to start work on the allotment after half term in preparation for the better weather.
Have a good holiday,