Charity is foundational to our ethos at Reading Primary and is taken up practically with vigour and enthusiasm at Focus Schools.  Students welcome the challenge of being actively involved in raising many thousands of pounds for such as RNLI, air ambulance services, Great Ormond Street Hospital, British Heart Foundation and Guide Dogs for the Blind, to name but a few.  Initiatives such as walkathons, charity bag collections and jumble sales are taken seriously by students during school hours and in their own free time.

Focus Schools recognise that they are set in communities and are committed to serve the community.  Focus students are given a responsible outlook towards humanity and through the school’s Current Affairs program understanding is enhanced as to events that have ramifications on a local, national and global scale.

In December 2014, the School Council suggested that we should try and raise some funds for their chosen charity, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

They organised a fun, yet educational activity in the form of a ‘Sponsored Spell’.  The children were asked to learn the spellings over the holiday, and were tested on their return in January.  All of the children did really well and they then began collecting in their sponsor money.

On Friday 6th February, a representative of the RNLI, came to speak to the children and showed them a presentation – see pictures below.  They had fun trying on the oilskins that the lifeboat crew wear.  The children presented him with a cheque for £600 as pictured.

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