For the past few weeks, during tutor time, students have been busy working together to design and build Christmas themed hampers to house donations in the form of food, toys, clothes and more which were supplied by students in each tutor group. These hampers were then judged by headteacher, Mrs Canham, based on variety of contents, quantity of items and overal design.
With the help of some Year 11 students, the hampers were taken to Victoria Park Community Centre in Bridgwater where their contents were sorted by volunteers from the Food Bank, Childrens Centre and Arts Centre, ready to be donated to those in need at Christmas time. Additionally, a trip was also made to Chilton Trinity to pick up their handmade hampers, also filled to the brims with donations.
Gareth Hughes from Victoria Park Community Centre said "We were once again amazed and surprised by the generosity of the two schools in the hamper collections. The amount of quality food and gifts was fantastic.
This year 4 main groups will benefit from the collection, they all decide who gets some hampers: Local Families identified by Sydenham children’s centre, Families and individual’s from brain injury charity Headway, Bridgwater Food Bank and young adults looked after by SCC Leaving care staff in Bridgwater.
We had up to 30 volunteers today including Year 11 students from Haygrove. Some volunteers were helping for the first time and some were helping for the 6th time but all were amazed at the generosity from Haygrove and Chilton. One member of the children centre staff who helped identify families to benefit from the collection is a former student at Haygrove, who 3 years ago helped her tutor group put together a hamper for that years collection."
Mr Handel, who set up the initiative at Haygrove, said: "Thank you all so much for another fabulous year…the range and quality of contents were just amazing!"
The winning hampers for each year group were:
The winning hamper overall for design, flair and contents was 11L with a beautiful water-coloured decoration, depicting the story of 'A Christmas Carol'. Mrs Canham also wanted to mention 10M's hamper, which came a close second in the year group, and a special mention for 9Q who have organised theirs without their regular tutor.
Special thanks goes to all of the students that assisted with delivering the hampers and to all the staff, including Mrs Canham, that assisted with the coordination.
We would also like to thank Falcon Vehicle Solutions for kindly donating a van for us to use to transport the hampers!