Ipswich School raises over £11,000 for charity in one term

Thanks to the generosity of the whole Ipswich School community, over £11,000 was raised during the Michaelmas Term for local, national and international charities.

Events such as a Refugee Week Campaign and a Christmas Hamper Raffle in the Senior School, and collections for the Prep School’s appeal to raise money for an orphanage in Africa, brought in a total of £11,574.

This has now been distributed to charities including the Red Cross, Unicef and East Anglia Children’s Hospices, with representatives from EACH and the Red Cross coming into the school last week to take part in a photocall to celebrate the charity total.

Headmaster Nicholas Weaver said: “Care for the community outside Ipswich School is one of our core values, and it is very pleasing to see this embodied in all our pupils and staff, and those in the wider school family, who have given so generously to our fundraising efforts.  I know that this will make a difference to so many people for whom life is challenging in one way or another.”

As well as raising money for various charities, the Ipswich School campaigns have provided opportunities for pupils to learn more about some of the issues facing the people supported by the charities.  The Refugee Week in the Senior School included swapping lunch choices for a simpler lunch of rice, lentils and vegetables, special assemblies with speakers from Suffolk Refugee Support, and English classes writing poems about refugees in response to the issues raised. In the Prep School, food was collected for the local charity Families in Need (FIND) who provide a food bank for families in Ipswich.  The children have also learnt about older people in the local community who live in residential homes and how lonely this can be for them.  The school regularly goes to visit to entertain with singing or poetry reading, or just to have a chat.

Head of Ipswich Prep Amanda Childs added: “We are very lucky to be part of such a generous community, but our charity work is not just about the amount of money raised, it is also about helping our pupils understand that there are many people in the world who need our support.  Raising awareness of what happens in the wider world and how pupils can help now and in the future is an important part of the education we offer here.”

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