At St Matthew's we encourage the whole school community to understand and share our School Vision and Values. It's also really important to us that we take every chance to put them in action. As part of this practical working out of the School Values, we support and work alongside a range of charities to help develop our children's emotional and spiritual growth. This also helps many others within our local Community, across our country and around the world.
These photos below show us demonstrating the School Values of Community, Compassion, Thankfulness and Respect.
These are photos of books we collected and sent to Musangala School in North West Zambia through our Chair of Governors. The children and staff helped collect books to provide reading materials for children in Africa who don't otherwise have anything. The children and Vincent Shindanyi the headteacher were very grateful.
Year 1 set themselves a challenge to help someone in our local community. The children decided they wanted to do something nice for the people in a local care home. The children decided to make some small plants to be dropped off in the hope of making them smile. Here are some photos of the children planting them. Soon after, the children received a lovely thank you card and some puzzles that the care home had sent to say, ‘thank you’.
On Friday 11th December we came to school wearing our Christmas jumpers and brought donations for the local foodbank, 'Preston Community Hub' on Samuel Street. School Councillors helped to collect all the donations from classes and pack them into Mr Mackley's car, which was completely full! Mr Mackley and Miss Parkinson then took them to the foodbank, who were very grateful. Thank you everyone for all your kind donations.
On Friday 13th November we came in colourful clothes to raise money for ‘Children in Need’. Altogether we raised £193.40! Thank you for all your support.
The PTFA secured some funding from Rock FM's Cash for Kids. With the money, staff went out and made up play/craft bags for many of our children which were delivered to their houses. The parents and children were grateful for craft and colouring activities, as well as balls, bats, skipping ropes and small games such as dominoes and cards to help them get through lock down.
Over 50 food parcels were made up each week and distributed to local families during the lockdown. Staff collected food from Fare Share each week and made up food parcels which were mainly delivered to children's houses. We also worked closely with PNE who have delivered food parcels to children on free school meals during summer and half term.
Year 5 have been focussing upon looking after our community and caring for our environment in PSHE. The children enjoyed making 'bird cakes' out of seeds, dried fruit, and vegetable fats for the birds. Terry Blackburn, the local park ranger, called into school to collect the bird cakes. He was interested to hear that the children have been thinking about how they can support the local wildlife, especially in winter. He is going to hang the 'cakes' up then send photos back to school so that the children can see the bird cakes in situ (fingers crossed, with birds feeding on them).
The PTFA took part in Rock FM’s School Challenge. We raised over £600 and the money is being used for a Christmas Pantomime and Christmas presents! We raised money with non-uniform days, cake sales and a promise auction for staff. Thank you to everyone who took part.