The Newfield Family loves Christmas time, but we don’t just enjoy celebrating, we enjoy taking time to think of others and doing things together for charity at this special time of year.
This evening some of our older pupils are having a ‘sleep out’ at school to think about how difficult it is to be homeless. They spent some time in the cold outside, when it was going dark, and talked about how that feels when you are cold and have to sleep on cardboard - and what they can do to feel better - be warm, have a warm drink and be kind to each other.
This is in preparation for some of our staff who will be spending Friday night this week in the annual sleep out event for Night Safe - A Blackburn charity helping homeless people. Sharon, Lisa, Sally, Liz and Leah will be experiencing what it is like to have to spend a night out in the open, in December in Blackburn - and raising awareness as well as money to support our local people in need. They raised £235 so far with lots more pledged - well done!
We have also been taking part in the Blackburn Foodbank’s ‘Reverse Advent’ calendar - the idea being that we all give something each day, to build up lots of boxes of treats to be shared with local families for Christmas. Our fantastic families - pupils and staff - have donated lots and this will all be collected on Friday - our Christmas Fair day - to be sorted and then distributed in the next couple of weeks.
So, please take a minute to think about not only the chocolate, mince pies and presents but also the spirit of charity and looking after others as we head into December…