Junior School Supports Comic Relief
The entire school took part in raising money for Comic Relief by having a ‘Wear as much Red as you can to School’ day. For the privilege, the children brought in donations towards the charity. Staff and children took part in a Red Nose Day Assembly where fun and laughter was had by one and all. Y1 volunteers attempted to draw Red Noses on some of their teachers - blindfolded! After this, staff performed their incredibly polished version of the ‘Cha Cha Slide’ for the children, before everyone settled down to watch a short film showing where the money they had raised would be used.
The film, about a Ugandan boy called Francis who had been orphaned by war, touched many hearts. After fleeing for his life, he is now living back in his old village with his uncle and cousins. However, due to a lack of funding, children like Francis are no longer able to go to school. His favourite thing is an old school book which reminded him of the happy times he spent in school – and how much he was missing out on his education. Without an education these children are unable to make it out of the poverty trap and independently provide for themselves and their families as they grow up.
Through Comic Relief and their partners War Child, provision has been made to help children to get back to primary school. They have also been able to help older children to get work and young mothers to look after and protect their children in Uganda.
Our SJS children went back to classes and it was clear from follow up discussions that although we were ‘Doing Something Funny’ it was all for an incredibly serious and important cause.