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Matthew Burns

SCHOOL HOUSE ASSEMBLY WEEK TACKLES THE IMPORTANCE OF CHARITY

School House boys worked together this week to deliver three whole school assemblies in Chapel. The theme was ‘Charity’. Three groups of boys explored what Charity means to those involved and to recipients, religious beliefs about charity, and the benefits of charity.

On Thursday, a group including Fergus MacMillan, George Porter, Henry Holdworth, Charlie Stephenson and Lorne Scott-Dempster, and considered the benefits of charity work and raising money, and challenged the School to do more.

They used the example of the Pink Run to the top of Winder Fell last year for Breast Cancer Care, when 450 pupils dressed in pink and climbed the 473 metre summit in support of The Haven, a Breast Cancer support charity.

The event raised just over £1,000 and included a pink-themed tea party and a pink dress code social. Harry Bolton, Connor McKinney, Johnny Campbell, Tom Savage, Harry Laidler, Henry Holdsworth, Will Player, Will Taylor and Sam Barrett also gave presentations.

School House pupils worked with their Housemaster Chris Hattam on this, preparing and practising in advance, and Fergus MacMillan said: “It was a great opportunity to be put forward for this. Getting up and talking to more than 500 pupils was fantastic experience for public speaking and we all learnt a great deal  –  not only about the importance of charity but also about presenting to large groups. We all really enjoyed it.”

Housemaster Chris Hattam said: “The boys did exceptionally well and essentially highlighted an important part of the school that we sometimes contribute to without perhaps stopping to appreciate the full meaning. The boys showed great motivation, organisation and put together superb presentations.”  

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