FEED 2017 – Supporting St. Albans Food Bank

As part of the school’s educational role, we aim to help pupils think about important community and social issues. This wider education is vital in helping young men and women to become successful members of society.

To start the term, we decided to look at an issue which was both local and accessible to all pupils. Food poverty is an increasing problem in the UK and research shows a significant rise in demand with over a million people being supported by food banks in 2015.

St. Albans is fortunate enough to benefit from a well organised and supported programme known as The Feed Project. Each local secondary school supports this food bank for one month of the year. Verulam sponsors September and due to the generosity of parents and enthusiasm of students we have been able to collect a record number of items for the food bank in the last three years.

This year we aim to collect 5000 items for the Feed Project. We have increased our target as the School almost reached this number last year!
As part of this year’s appeal, we have asked pupils to consider the principle of richness; who is richer – someone who has more money than they could ever spend, or someone who gives half of that money to people who really need it? What does richness really mean?

I would be very grateful if parents would consider supporting this very worthy charity. A list of items that can be donated can be seen below:

  • Coffee, tea, sugar, longlife milk, fruit juice/squash
  • Tinned meat/vegetables
  • Rice, pasta, noodles, cooking sauces
  • Tinned puddings, custard, jam/spreads
  • Cereals, cereal bars, biscuits
  • Shower gel, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste
  • Washing up liquid/powder, toilet rolls
  • Nappies

Students should bring their donations to school in the morning and leave them in the dining hall where they are counted and sent off to the Feed project. In order to encourage competition between the boys, the year group who donates the most items will be awarded a non uniform day towards the end of this half term.
Items can be sent in from Monday 18th to Friday 29th September.

Miss L Hickey

Head of Year 8

Text Messaging Service

Following our successful pilot in Years 10 to 11 last week, we will be extending our text messaging service to all parents from Years 7 to 11 from next week.  Texts will be sent for being late to registration and for absence from school.  The 'late' text will be to inform you of the fact that your son was late to school so that you can discuss the importance of punctuality with him. The 'absence' text will be sent to parents who have not communicated with school regarding their son's absence asking them to contact the school to give a reason for the absence.  The aim of the texts is to communicate these two key elements to you effectively and efficiently to ensure the safety of all of our pupils.

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