Thursday, 24 December 2009
Friday, 11 December 2009
It has been due to the kindness and generosity of Grandpa Yaa that we have been able to build the Happy House. Grandpa and his family donated to the charity 4 acres of land and legally signed a 99 year lease. 90 year old Grandpa has been a constant visitor to the site over the past year, but yesterday Silas caught him napping. I have pictures of Grandpa painting, pushing a wheel barrow, gardening but this is the best one ever. A very well deserved rest Grandpa xx
Holly Fowlkes, School Business Manager, contacted me before she went to Kenya on holiday in August. She was very keen to find out how her special school could help the Happy House Project so I arranged for Silas Karisa to meet her and take her to see the Happy House. When she returned to the UK, Holly's family decided to sponsor a child and then she asked the School Council at St John's Wood to do the same.
Dave and I visited the school in November 2009. We were made to feel so welcome by Mike Burgess, the Headteacher and Sally Clayton, the Deputy Head. The pupils were touched when they heard what a difference their money could make and are looking forward to receiving regular updates about the progress of "their" Happy House Kid!
The School Council was delighted to present us with a cheque for £240.
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
to raise money for the Children of Watamu. We decided to
support this charity following the visit of one of our
pupils to Kenya. Alicia produced a powerpoint to show the
rest of Year 7 in assembly which left a few of us feeling
very emotional and understanding why this was such a good
We designated two of our non school uniform days to this,
with pupils making a donation in order to wear their own
clothes. Each form then chose another way to raise some
money such as washing the cars of the staff ( which was very
popular), running a table top sale and performing a dance.
We managed to raise almost £450. As Head of Year 7 I was
extremely proud of every one of the girls and very thankful
for the support of their form tutors.It is always good to
remember that what we may take for granted is an unecessary
luxury for others.
Head of Learning and Transition Yr7