Waconians show altruistic side this festive season

The CHS Community is embracing the Season of Giving by undertaking a number of altruistic activities in School.

From the Junior School, to Senior School and Sixth Form, pupils, their families and staff are putting time aside this December to help make a difference.

Presents for those without

As has become a Lower School CHS tradition, Year 7 and Year 8 are supporting Mission Christmas this year to brighten the festive season for those local children who might not otherwise receive a present.

Pupils earn points for their House by donating gifts to the cause. So far the pupils have donated over 150 gifts with Allen and Marsh House leading the way with the most donations received.

Looking at Advent differently

The Junior School are participating in what’s known as a ‘Reverse Advent Calendar’ this festive season.

Junior School Assistant Head, Mrs Kate Sargent explains “During December the children are bringing in a particular item each day which is on the list of items most needed by our local Stockport Foodbanks. Pupils from the School Council told the rest of the children about it in an Assembly. We will then need a trip or two in the school minibus to take all the items collected to the Foodbank. Our CHS families are very generous and the children are becoming more aware of food poverty in our local area.

Pack a Bag. Change a Life.

In Upper School, each Form are packing rucksacks to support The Wellspring Rucksack Project, to provide essential items for as many homeless or housing vulnerable people as possible during the winter months. Each rucksack contains a sleeping bag, roll mat, torch, flask, hat, gloves, toiletries and wet wipes, but donations went above and beyond with some pupils handing over thermal gloves, jumpers and coats.

CHS Charities Co-ordinator, Mrs Fiona Buxton said: “The Wellspring are delighted with the number of goods donated. This year may be the most difficult in a long time for increasing numbers of people, but the donations always have a huge positive impact on these people in an instant.

Supporting Afghan Refugees

Around 150 Afghan women and children will attend Christmas Parties at CHS the end of term. The Christmas parties will provide some festive fun for our guests who have been living in hotels in and around Manchester over recent months after fleeing Afghanistan. The parties are being supported by volunteers from across the School community.

As well as this, 150 selection boxes of chocolates have been donated to Manchester Refugee Support Network, which is one of the CHS House Charities.

Thank you to everyone in the School community for supporting these activities over the last few weeks. Visit our Charities page to find out more about our altruistic work all year round.