Common Good - helping others and our community participation
St Teresa's we support a number of local and national charities by fundraising and collections:
Borehamwood Foodbank Macmillan Cancer Support
Caritas Food Collective - Westminster Sports Relief
Catholic Children's Society Watford Peace Hospice
Children In Need Young Minds Mental Health Charity for young people
Advent charitable work
Pupil Parliament - Pupil Parliament met to research charities to raise money for this advent. They have decided that each class will hold their own sponsored event during the last week of term to raise money. The four charities that the pupils have researched are: Herts and Essex Air Ambulance, Herts Young Homeless in Borehamwood, Gratitude local food charity, and Caritas Food Bank. Pupil Parliament members are presenting their research on each charity to their classes and each class will vote on which charity or choice of charities to raise money for. Watch this space to find out who the children chose and what sponsored events they are running this advent.
Pupil Parliament Sponsored 'Santa Run'
Baubles - raising money for Addo
This year instead of sending class Christmas cards the whole school have been asked to design their own bauble and make a £1 donation to Father Dominic's Addo charity,
The Addo charity supplies school uniforms for children in an area of South Africa. Without these uniforms, these children are unable to attend school and receive a free school meal. This money will be donated to Fr Dominic at our end or year Mass.
The baubles will be displayed in classrooms alongside learning about Catholic Social Teaching. They will help to emphasise our responsibility to protect the poor and vulnerable and also to conserve the world's resources as requested by Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si (please click here for a child friendly explanation of this).
Christmas cards for the elderly and vulnerable
This year, we are inviting all pupils to make their own Christmas card for an elderly or vulnerable person who lives in our local area. This helps our children to spread Christmas cheer and importantly to act on Jesus' call for us to be there for those who have the least.
Staff advent acts
St Teresa's staff have opted to help with the food bank or another charitable cause instead of sending each other Christmas Cards. We are also supporting each other through the financial crisis by setting up an internal food bank which staff can access for extra help.
International day and Evening
Celebrating our rich and diverse backgrounds of our whole school community. .The school thought about Pope Francis’ special letter, Fratelli Tutti, where he asks us to remember that we are one global family. We know we are a family at St Teresa’s and the children thought about the other neighbours we have and how we can be a good neighbour.
Our international day ended with a wonderful evening of food from around the global. It was fantastic celebration of St Teresa’s.
Y6 Advent fundraiser for Borehamwood Foodbank
On 1st December, Y6 pupils joined volunteers from the Borehamwood Foodbank at our local Tesco store for the foodbank advent drive. Our pupils worked hard to speak to customers as they arrived at the store to raise awareness of the food drive and to ask for donations. Customers donated generously and also brought food to donate. Afterwards, we went shopping in Tesco and each child chose an item from the foodbank list, we the school brought the children donated them to the drive.
The children told said they really enjoyed the experience. They said that had to use their confidence to speak out to people but they got the hang of it! They were so pleased and proud of the money and food donations they raised. Y6 said it was a great feeling to do good for our community and that this was Catholic solidarity, caring for those with the least and human dignity. Well done Y6!
Our Apostles of Mercy helping our at the foodbank.
As part of our Catholic community participation dignity of the Human Person. They also shared their experience in an assembly
Raising money for Red Nose Day
Harvest celebration Foodbank collection
Children In Need Choir
The BBC Children in Need choirs perform ‘True Colours’ - BBC Children in Need 2019
In aid of the Watford Peace Hospice