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Pupils Bring a Touch of Christmas Sparkle to Local Community

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Earlier this year, our Pupil Council gathered to make an important decision – which charity to support this Christmas. Looking back at past fundraisers, it was Pupil Council Co-ordinator, Karen Foster, who suggested Christmas Sparkle – a local organisation run by the community, for the community.

The Christmas Sparkle Project works with local schools, charities and agencies who support families in need, with a goal of giving a Christmas gift to every child aged 0-18 years living in difficult circumstances in the Taunton and Wellington areas.

To help us learn more about the project, Christmas Sparkle volunteer, Penny, attended one of our assemblies where she spoke to the pupils about the importance of giving at Christmas. To illustrate the project’s aim, she brought with her a bare Christmas tree which was used to suggest that not everyone is able to afford luxuries at this time of year.

During the presentation, pupils were invited to place an ornament or gift on the tree. This was a great, age-appropriate way to demonstrate how if we all give just one present to someone in need this Christmas, it can make a world of difference. Inspired by Penny’s talk, staff, pupils and parents began to donate bags of toys, teddies and books. There were even unicorn onesies, drones, and brand new board games.

In the final week of term, Penny then came to collect the donations. A group of Pupil Council members helped to load the presents into the car, and by the time the last bag was taken from beneath the tree, there were over 100 items ready for wrapping.

“We are overwhelmed by the kind generosity of our community” said Karen. “A huge thank you to everyone who donated to this worthy cause. Your gift will go a long way at such a such a magical, yet testing, time of year.”

Looking ahead to the Lent Term, the Council will now be looking at new ways to fundraise, and the first thing on the group’s agenda is to research how they can support those living with Parkinson’s Disease (PD).Just a few weeks ago, two pupils gave at a speech at a weekly staff meeting, asking for the school’s help in raising awareness and funds for those suffering with Parkinson’s. The hope is that we will work with Musgrove Park Hospital to run a fancy dress fun run or sponsored silence.

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