Every year the school is involved with Go Givers and their Make a Difference challenge. In 2016, year 4 looked into the issue of our hard working grandparents and how we could make a difference to them. After lots of research they discovered that grandparents are now more active and often work as well as continue their role in supporting their families. They ended up hosting an afternoon tea, complete with scones, cakes and a game of bingo to say thank you for everything our grandparents do for us.
Our project in 2017 was chosen by the children and they want to focus on Smoking and the effects it has on us and the environment. However after initial research the focus of the project was changed to be Our Village.
In 2018 our Year 6 children took on the challenge of the Homeless Period. They have looked into the effects of periods and women who are homeless or living in poverty.
Our community defibrillator has now been installed at the Robin Todd centre. The North East Ambulance Trust are visiting on Wednesday 25th July 6-8pm for a community awareness session. Everyone is welcome. We are also holding a dedication ceremony on the 12th July at 1:30pm to officially dedicate the defibrillator in loving memory of Robin Todd, who was a friend of South Hetton Primary School and someone who worked tirelessly for our village.
The response to our Year 6 project which has been nicknamed #PPP (Period Problems and Poverty) has been amazing. The children have setup various collection points for people to donate sanitary items, hand gel and wet wipes around the local village and beyond, the amount donated in just 1 week has been amazing and the first ‘pants packs’ have been created ready for distribution. Beyond this creation our local MP Grahame Morris has stepped in and will be taking their project to parliament to present questions to the Minister for Women and Equalities regarding period poverty. We will update when this has happened in Parliament. Keep checking our school blog for more updates.
Thank you to the businesses in South Hetton who have donated to our Defibrillator project. We also had a stall at the summer fair and are raffling off a wonderful hamper on Thursday 20th July. At the moment our total stands at £436.
Thank you to everyone who returned our questionnaire regarding smoking. After reviewing those that were returned, most people in our village don’t smoke. After discussion with the children and the staff involved we have decided to change the focus of our Make a Difference Challenge. Therefore, we have changed our focus to be Our Village.
Year 3 will be looking at how we can raise funds to buy a defibrillator, which we are hoping will be stored at the Robin Todd Centre. We have already been in touch with some local businesses who have said they will support us. There is a collection box within school and we are hoping to raise some money at our summer fair.
Year 4, 5 and 6 will be focusing on fly tipping, litter and our local church as part of the project.