News release: Victoria Park embraces charities for learning

Victoria Park Primary School, Bristol will spend all of next week focussing on local and national charities to support all parts of the curriculum.

The school charity week involves each year group selecting a charity to research and investigate how to support, working towards a fundraising day on Friday 13th February. The school will welcome guests from the charities supported throughout the week to discuss their work and how fundraising and volunteering works for them.

Headteacher Jack Lacey said:

“Our charity week offers the opportunity for the entire school to embrace a topic together and gets imaginations fired up with an end goal in sight. We’re very grateful for guests throughout the week to make our quest come to life. Last year we raised more than £1000 and I’m sure we can match it or even do better.”

Year four support teacher Hannah Silman has been planning the themed week for all year groups. She added:

“Being able to devote the timetable to a whole school aim really brings everyone together while developing literacy, numeracy and creativity along the way. Children have chosen a mix of local and national charities to support who really mean something to themselves and their families.”

Charities being supported by the year groups are:

Reception – RNLI, Guide Dogs for the Blind
Year 1 – Windmill Hill City Farm
Year 2 – Temwa, a Bristol-based charity supporting community development in Malawi
Year 3 – the Why Foundation and Marie Curie Cancer Care
Year 4 – Clic Sargent and the RSPCA
Year 5 – the Matthew Tree, Send a Cow and Shelter
Year 6 – the Julian Trust and Kids Company

Notes to Editors

1. Victoria Park is part of the Malago Learning Parnership - a collaboration between nine schools in south Bristol that strives to raise attainment and improve the life chances for all local children. The sharing includes the buying of outside services, professional development for staff, school improvement and joint events.
2. The schools in the partnership are Bedminster Down School, Cheddar Grove Primary, Greenfield E-Act Academy, Headley Park Primary, Illminster Avenue E-Act Academy, Knowle DGE special school, Parson Street Primary School, St Peter’s C of E Primary and Victoria Park Primary School. Between them they employ more than 500 staff (including support staff) and educate approximately 4,000 children and young people.
3. Since the partnership started all schools have now been rated by Ofsed as either outstanding or good.

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