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Thinking of Others at Christmas

Making Wishes Come True

The BSB Primary Fundraising Society in Castelldefels have been restlessly working on the Make-a-Wish campaign this term, an initiative driven by the Make-A-Wish Spain Foundation. The fundraising team of students in Years 5 and 6 have spent about 6 Monday afternoons over 6 weeks preparing this activity to help Lian, a three-year-old boy from Barcelona, who has a neurological disease, accomplish his dream of going to Disneyland Paris with his family.

Claudia, Jasmine, Sally, Rayan, Adriana, Gal·la, Paula, Carla, George, Dante, Dario, Oriol, Lola, Amelle, Hugo and Nuria (in Year 5) and Safia, Izzy, Claudia, Ellcey, Carla, Ona, Nardin, Annabelle, Katerina, Marti, Tessa, Valeria and Nicola (in Year 6) prepared an assembly to explain the aims of this activity to their classmates and ran a Wish Stars sale on the 28th November for parents and staff to support the cause.

Mrs Roa, the Society Leader, said “It was a wonderful experience; the children worked hard to help make a wish come true. They were very happy with taking part and found it a great way to help someone. The Fundraising team, along with Ms Gómez, Ms Alfonso and myself, would like to thank everyone that helped us, staff and parents.”

Children raised 615 euros.

 

Christmas Jumpers that Help Children

Can’t imagine how woolly wonderful did the BSB campuses look like on Friday, 16th December! All students and teachers dressed up in festive knits to support Save the Children’s campaign to help change children’s lives.

The BSB Christmas Jumpers Day was a joyful opportunity for children in Castelldefels and Sitges to donate 1 euro and wear their colourful jumpers, with many students creating their own designs on ordinary jumpers so that they could take part.

“This relates to our school’s values as the children were encouraged to empathise and take part in order to raise funds for children wo are less fortunate than themselves”, Mrs Oxberry, Head of Early Years and Primary in BSB Castelldefels, explained. “This is a new activity this year. We normally do the sponsored walk for Save the Children in the Autumn Term, but as this has not happened this year, it was decided to do this fundraising activity instead, as we are aligned with Save the Children.”

The following Monday, the Secondary School Council in Castelldefels joined the initiative by holding an Own Clothes Day. Their one-euro donations added up to the Jumpers’ fundraise.

Altogether students managed to raise 745.15 euros for Save the Children.

 

Fundraising Celebrations in Sitges

On Monday, 12th December BSB Sitges held a Secret Santa exchange. Pupils could purchase and wrap a Secret Santa present to take home and give to a family member for a donation of 2 euros.

The following week, right before Christmas, the school organised their Festive Fair, an important and celebratory whole school event where parents, relatives and friends were invited to attend and have fun. There were festive stalls, carol singing, refreshments, games… Even Father Christmas and his elves visited children and collected their Christmas letters!

Parents were very happy to see their children so involved in helping other children in need. It was an inspirational gathering of staff, children and parents working together for an important purpose, which revealed a real sense of community.

Both events helped us raise 864.85 euros for a local charity.

 

Helping Others in Non-Monetary Ways

Organised by Year 8 with the leadership of some Year 10 students, BSB Castelldefels held a Food Drive/Collection at school on Monday, 19th December. Parents and staff contributed by bringing food which La Taula del Tercer Sector will then distribute to families in need. Due to the social and economic situation of many people this year, students requested to bring only food which should not need cooking as many families do not have electricity.

 

From the BSB we want to thank everyone who contributed with money, food, time, effort and support. Your help will make a real difference in the lives of many people. Thank you!

Merry Christmas to you all!