During the last few weeks of term we asked the girls and our community to get into the real spirit of Christmas and think of those who are less fortunate than themselves. With virtually all fundraising events cancelled, this year has been a challenging one for all organisations but particularly for the not-for-profit sector, so our work on behalf of two local charities, The People’s Kitchen and East End Women, has been a real priority for us.
When we launched our appeal early in December we felt confident we would be able to raise a significant amount of money for these very important causes but raising nearly £3000 in such a short space of time has truly exceeded our expectations. We have witnessed generosity by the van-full (literally!) and the amazing success of the appeal is entirely down to the kindess of our community. The initiative has brought about an inspiring response to the modern crisis that is Coronavirus. Thank you to everyone who has contributed.
At Junior School, the class teachers asked that parents direct their usual Christmas gifts to teachers to a charity of their choice and we have been also overwhelmed by the response. Junior School parents were invited to share the details of their donations on a special page set up on Firefly, and they have given to a variety of charities, raising a phenomenal £2,500 so far (in addition the monies raised via the Appeal website.)
The monies have been donated to the parents’ choice of charities including:
- The People’s Kitchen
- East End Women
- Project Santa
- NEAT Academy Trust Hamper Appeal
- Changing Minds with Pick up a Penny
- Action for Children
- I Care U Share
- Cash for Kids
- Bubble Foundation
- Family Gateway UK
- Feeding families
- Malaria Foundation
- Children North East
Here are a few comments from our parent community:
“A huge thank you to everyone that donated so generously. Thank you Mrs Abbott and all the staff at NHSG for continuing to provide a safe nurturing environment for our girls, in what has been such a challenging time. Your hard work and dedication to our children is greatly appreciated. May you all have a Merry Christmas & a very Happy and Healthy New Year!”
“A very big thank from all the parents and girls to Mrs Donaldson and all the wonderful staff at NHSG. We appreciate your continued dedication and support during such unprecedented times. Wishing you all a very peaceful Christmas and happy and healthy New Year!”
“Thank you for all you do, not only teaching the girls, but supporting them during these challenging times. Merry Christmas to you all!”
Commenting on our parents’ generosity and kindness, Mr Tippett said: “At NHSG, we feel it’s very important that we work to support our local community, and, as we know this year it is more important than ever. The generosity of the parents has been staggering, and we are very grateful for all of their support. We hope that their gifts will support individuals and families in our community and we are particularly pleased to be providing significant support to the two charities we work most closely with, the People’s Kitchen and East End Women, both of whose work is valued by so many in Newcastle.”
While the festivities were a little different this year in school we ensured that there were still plenty of opportunities for fun with friends in a safe environment. Girls at Junior School enjoyed their festive lunches and ‘class bubble’ parties throughout the last week of term. We also shared the videos of the eagerly anticipated Nativty and Christmas performances with parents which made for a really heart-warming watch.
Girls at Senior School enjoyed their traditional Christmas lunch on Tuesday 15th December while sporting some cracking Christmas jumpers and took part in Christmas House challenges in the afternoon.
On the final day of term, Wednesday 16th December, Senior School tuned into Microsoft Teams for the thoroughly entertaining Virtual Staff Panto. Special thanks for Mrs Dobson for bringing the highly-anticipated Panto production into being, even under Covid conditions!
All that remains to say is, we hope you have a Merry Christmas and here’s to a much more settled 2021!