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Copley Junior School Values and British Values
At Copley Junior we encourage children to develop a positive, caring attitude towards other people. As part of this we support many charities each year.
Our Charity Fundraising 2019-2020
Harvest Service 2019
Our Harvest theme for 2019 was 'Harvest around the World'. Each class researched the harvest traditions of their chosen country and then presented their information, poems and songs (including using sign language) to over 300 children, parents, carers and relatives at our two Harvest Services at St Mary's Church. In our tour of harvest traditions around the World we learned about: Thanksgiving in America; Lammas in Scotland; the Holi Festival in India; Trung Thu in Vietnam; Harvest Moon in China; Oktoberfest in Germany; Chuseok in Korea and the Homowo Festival in Ghana.
We are so grateful for the amazing abundance of harvest gifts donated by families. We displayed the fresh fruit and vegetables, tinned and packaged goods as well as toiletries on every surface at St Mary's Church. After our services, all the items were taken to the Doncaster Foodbank. Our donations will help many local families in need so thank you very much for your generosity.
We were delighted to hear from the Foodbank that our Harvest gifts weighed in at an amazing 307.3kg, which will provide 668 meals for people in crisis.
House Leader Charity Support
This year our fantastic Year 6 House Leaders decided that they would like to choose a charity to support and then lead their own fundraising initiative.
Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice Appeal led by Darwin House
Darwin House leaders, after much discussion, decided to support Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. Children were invited to bring in 20p to guess the name of our Halloween Bear. Well done to our winner, with his Halloween bear (named Sponge Bob!). Darwin House leaders are delighted to have raised £66.20 for a local charity which does such a wonderful job caring for children and young adults whose lives are just too short, and their families.
Non Uniform Day 2019
We planned activities to have fun and raise money for the local flood relief fund, including a non-uniform day with a pyjama theme and the opportunity to enter a competition to guess the number of sweets in the jar.
Thank you so much for your fantastic support of our fundraising day. Children and staff looked fabulous in their pyjamas and Pudsey themed clothes. We sent out a ParentPay message to share that, in the light of the local floods, on this occasion we would send the total raised to the local flood relief fund to help our community. In our assembly we celebrated the fantastic work of Children in Need and how many people in our local community are helping people affected by the floods. As well as a pyjama day, children in the School Council organised a competition to guess the number of sweets in the jar.
Thank you so much for supporting the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Shoebox Appeal. We collected 60 boxes filled with lovely gifts for children of different ages. Our boxes will make a real difference to some children this Christmas. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Thank you also to CSA members who collected the boxes and took them to the local collection point.
Our Charity Fundraising 2018-2019
During 2018-2019 we raised an amazing £973.99 for a range of charities and we collected a huge number of donations to give to Doncaster's Foodbank.Thank you to parents/carers, children and staff for your support.
Harvest Festival - October 2018
Our theme for our Harvest Festival 2018 was 'My pizza as big as the sun.' During the service children from each class shared fascinating facts about the different foods that are added to make a pizza and the food miles involved, which was quite remarkable. Once again, we were very impressed with the children's wonderful singing. Thank you so much to everyone for your fantastic generosity. Packet, tinned and fresh produce and toiletries were displayed on every surface and ledge in St Mary's. Doncaster Foodbank is very grateful for our support and our donations will help many local families in need.
British Legion - November 2018
We observed the two minute silence as a school community in remembrance of all those who have served our country. We sold poppies and poppy reflectors for school bags, which were very popular and raised £188.45 for the British Legion.
Children in the School Council prepared and led our assembly for Remembrance Day.
The School Council placed remembrance pebbles around the school grounds. If children found a remembrance pebble, they could take a moment to think about all the people in the armed forces and their families. Once children had had their moment with the pebble, they could choose to either leave the pebble for another child to find so they could have a moment to remember, or they could keep the pebble.
Children in Need - November 2018
Our School Council planned activities to have fun and raise money for Children in Need, including a non-uniform day with a colourful/spotty theme and the opportunity to watch Disney animation movies at break times, with a small admission fee to raise funds for this worthwhile charity.
Thank you to all the children who brought donations on the day, raising £226 for Children in Need. Well done to all the children in the School Council for organising such a successful day.
Please click on the first image below to view our gallery of Children in Need photos.
Christingle Boxes: The Children's Society - December 2018
Every year we fill Christingle boxes to raise funds for The Children’s Society and present these at our Carols and Readings Service at St Mary’s Church. This year we raised an amazing £265.54. Thank you so much for your generosity.
Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children - December 2018
We enjoyed wearing our Christmas jumpers for our Christmas Lunch and raised £101 for Save the Children. This is enough to pay for 75 books to replenish a school library in Rwanda.
Red Nose Day for Comic Relief - March 2019
Our School Council decided to have fun on Red Nose Day by inviting children to come into school dressed in red or non-uniform clothes, with an added theme of 'crazy hair'! As well as bringing in a voluntary donation for the Comic Relief charity, children could bring in an extra 50p to enter the 'Craziest Hair Competition'. Well done to our winners: Lottie (1st), Eden (2nd) and Lidija (3rd), who received prizes for their creative and crazy hairstyles.Thank you everyone - we rasied £193 for Comic Relief.
Please click on the first photo below to view our gallery of photographs from Comic Relief 2019.
Previous Charity Support Highlights
Sporty Week - April 2018
For the sponsored element of Sporty Week, our Sports Council decided to challenge children to complete as many laps of the playground as possible in 5 minutes. The children worked in partners, with one child competing and one child recording laps and encouraging their partner before swapping over. The children all gave 100% effort and also cheered their partner on to achieve their best. Well done everyone!
We decided to raise funds for the Eve Merton Trust, a local Doncaster charity that supports children and adults living with cancer to achieve their dreams, and also to raise funds to buy more playtime equipment to keep children active at break times. We raised an amazing £884 - thank you so much for your generosity! We have been able to buys lots of new playtime equipment and we presented a cheque for £442 to the Eve Merton Trust.
NSPCC - May 2018
Every two years, the NSPCC visit school to deliver a 'Speak Up, Stay Safe' whole school assembly and they lead workshop sessions for children in Years 5 and 6. As well as promoting key messages about staying safe to help safeguard our pupils, we take the opportunity to raise funds for the NSPCC and were able to make a donation of £91.
Roald Dahl Day - September 2017
We celebrated Roald Dahl Day by dressing as our favourite Roald Dahl characters. We raised £130, with 50% going to Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity and 50% was spent on new Roald Dahl titles.
Every two years, the NSPCC visit school to deliver a 'Speak Up, Stay Safe' whole school assembly and they lead workshop sessions for children in Years 5 and 6. As well as promoting key messages about staying safe to help safeguard our pupils, we take the opportunity to raise funds for the NSPCC. In June 2016 we raised an amazing £931.40 for the charity.
Fund Raising for the Eve Merton Trust
Following our balloon release in memory of Mr Siddall, we raised an amazing £516 for the Eve Merton Trust. The Eve Merton Trust is a very worthwhile charity that grants wishes to people with cancer in the local area.
Pupil Led Fund Raising
We are very proud that some of our thoughtful pupils decide to organise their own fund raising events for charities that are special to them.
Well done to our pupils pictured below who organised two activities to raise funds for the Blood Cancer charity Bloodwise – Guess the Sweets in the Jar (20p per guess) and Guess the Name of the Dog (50p per guess and the prize is pictured below!). Thank you to everyone for your generosity. Altogether the girls raised an amazing £123.20 for Bloodwise. We are very proud of the children for organising such a successful fundraising event.
Emilia K, her sister and some friends decided they would like to organise a bake sale to raise funds for guide dogs. The bake sale was a tremendous success and the children raised £277.
Swimming the Channel for 'Aspire'
We are incredibly proud of Charlotte M, who decided to embark upon the enormous challenge of swimming the distance of the Channel over 12 weeks to raise money for 'Aspire'. Charlotte said, "I swim competitively for Dearne Valley Swimming Club and I am the first person at Dearne Valley Leisure Centre who swam 3000m, so I'm ready for a challenge that will also give me the opportunity to help others. Every eight hours someone is paralysed by a Spinal Cord Injury and Aspire provides the essential equipment, advice, housing and grants that spinal cord injured people need to live their lives independently. This is a big challenge, but the more I raise, the more of a difference I'll make."
Charlotte achieved her goal of swimming the distance of the Channel within 12 weeks and raised £160. Well done Charlotte!
Christmas Gifts in support of the Salvation Army
We are very proud that one of our Year 6 pupils decided to organise a collection of gifts so that the Salvation Army could distribute these to families in need at Christmas. A total of 206 presents were donated!
'Young Heart Hero' Award - British Heart Foundation
Jemma decided to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation in memory of her father. Jemma created a PowerPoint, led an assembly for all the pupils in school to raise awareness of the charity's work and arranged for the British Heart Foundation's mascot to make a special guest appearance. She wrote a letter to all families inviting children to 'wear something red' and to bring a donation for the charity on the day if they would like to. Children thoroughly enjoyed presenting their clothes on the cat walk to disco music. Jemma raised an amazing £720!
As a result, Jemma was invited to the British Heart Foundation's Awards Ceremony and was presented with the 'Young Heart Hero' Award. Jemma has demonstrated great courage, thoughtfulness and organisational ability and we are very proud of her.
Fund Raising for Cancer Research UK
We are very proud of Billy J, who decided he would like to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Billy organised a number of events to raise funds including a teddy tombola at school and garage and bake sales at home. He also took part in the 6km Sprotbrough fun run. Billy shared in our Friday assembly that altogether he raised the impressive sum of £295! It is lovely to share that we have such thoughtful and proactive pupils in school. Well done Billy!
Fund Raising for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance
We are very proud of Joshua L, who decided he would like to support the work of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Joshua bought a jar full of sweets to school and he invited children (and adults!) to bring in a £1 and have a go at guessing how many sweets were in the jar. Joshua and his mum sent all the proceeds to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and well done to Mrs Henfield, who made the closest guess and then kindly shared her prize with all the children who had taken part. Joshua raised £58.
Diabetes Awareness and Fund Raising – Alistair leads the day!
Alistair decided he would organise a Diabetes Day in school, to raise awareness and raise funds for research into the condition. With his friends, he prepared a PowerPoint presentation about diabetes and a dress up day in the charity colours. Altogether he raised an amazing £337.44!
Fay’s Fun Run in support of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance
Well done also to Fay and her management team of pupils who organised a fun run at Cusworth Hall Park in support of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, planning every detail on their own.
Fay and her team organised medals for all participants, prizes for the best dressed runner (well done to Kaden, who must have got very hot running around Cusworth Hall Park dressed as Harry Potter!) and most helpful donation. A fund raiser from the Yorkshire Air Ambulance joined our Monday assembly to tell the children about the life saving work of the charity and Fay presented a cheque for £639!
Well done to all our pupils who have both led and supported the fund raising activities. We are very proud of you!