John Colet School students are in mufti free dress today, and eating delicious market day goodies, all for the good cause of raising funds for LifeLine Northern Beaches crisis support services.
LifeLine Northern Beaches was chosen by the students for this term’s fundraising activity. Each John Colet student in years 3 – 6 researched and presented on a charity, then each primary class decided which charity they would put forward for the whole school to vote on. In the end, the most persuasive student speech was for LifeLine. The fact that the voting was held during Mental Health Week may also have influenced students about the need for such important support services!
Head of School, Mary McKendrick said the whole process was an excellent exercise in persuasive speech writing, and added that the practice of Service to others is fundamental to the school’s values. Lifeline Northern Beaches has also provided John Colet School with material designed especially for primary school children, to educate and inform them about identifying symptoms of stress and how to help support each other through times of crisis”.
Other fundraising done by John Colet School this year
The school holds a Market Day each term, where students each bring in a gold coin to buy treats prepared by students from a particular House. Other charities supported this year, which were all also voted on by the students, were Nike Foundation, Salvation Army and the Kookaburra Foundation. A total of $1201.35 went to these causes.
As well as this, a special cupcake fundraiser for Unicef earlier in the year raised $758.05 for Nepal earthquake relief. And recently our Year 6 classes raised $1,696.60 for Starlight Foundation through their “Kidpreneur” fundraising stalls. The broader school community also raised $3,393.35 for Jump Rope for Heart Foundation during the year.
And coming up at our Nativity Play later in November, we will be collecting educational items for a Kenyan school visited last year by one of our teachers. Anything in the line of educational materials will be welcome – pencils, readers, colouring books, counters, puzzles, educational toys – second hand items will be most welcome.