We are very proud to share a well-established addition to school life here at St. Andrew's called Break Out Days. During these special days, the children 'break out' of the curriculum and they donate their time, their love and their energy into helping others, in a series of 'Donate-a-Day' events.
Each year group is matched up with a local charity: the children learn all about their linked charity's important work through assemblies and workshops, and they then 'give back' in a number of ways.
Take a look at the slideshows below to see some of the Donate a Day activities in action!
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Donate a Day
Our Break Out Days are a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn new skills and take part in other activities, in and outside of school. They are an important part of our curriculum and help to further enrich learning.
Lego Workshop and Portland Road trail to support Together Co
A group of children from across the school took part in an interactive workshop, led by Brighton Bricks, to support the loneliness charity, Together Co. They designed and created Lego mosaics, some of which were selected as winning entries and made up part of a special Lego trail along Portland Road! Our winners were invited to the opening and were even photographed with the Mayor!
EYFS's wildlife workshops (to support the Sussex Wildlife Trust)
The Reception classes took part in workshops which told them all about the important work carried out by the Sussex Wildlife Trust. After finding out the integral role of wildlife, insects and bees in our local area, the children made bird feeders to encourage birds to visit. They plan to plant wild flowers in our school grounds later this year.
Year 1's maze-making morning (to support Amaze)
Our Year 1 children enjoyed a very special interactive assembly from the team at Amaze, who built a real-life maze in the school hall! Once the children had learned all about the incredible work and support that Amaze provide for disabled children and their families, they then created their own Marble Mazes to take home, to remind them of their learning.
Year 2's baking extravaganza (to support Antifreeze - Off the Fence)
The children in Year 2 were visited by a team member from Off the Fence (Antifreeze), who support homeless people in Brighton and Hove. After a fantastic workshop, the children set about making chocolate Easter treats and special messages, which were then delivered to people in need around our city. They also collected items that had been requested such as pot noodles and deodorant.
Y3's dog toy making session (to Dogs Trust)
Year 3 had a very busy day! Not only did they take part in a workshop led by a Dogs Trust volunteer, but they also made almost 100 dog toys with the help of My Craft Tribe, who donated their time for free to support us in our work. All of the dog toys were donated to the dogs in care in our local Dogs Trust centre.
Y4's Beach Clean (to support City Clean)
After a workshop led by Brighton & Hove's Environmental Improvements Volunteer C0-ordinator here in school, Year 4 set off towards the beaches of Hove, equipped with litter pickers and high vis vests to complete a very successful beach clean up.
Y5's 'in the bag' recipe kits (to support Brighton Food bank)
Year 5 were visited by a member of the Food Bank team who delivered a very informative and inspiring assembly all about the support the food bank provides. The children then created beautifully decorated recipe kits, complete with ingredients and instructions, which were delivered to families around Brighton & Hove.
Y6's Easter treat sale (to support Safety Net)
Year 6 spent two afternoons learning all about the work carried out by Brighton-based charity, Safety Net. In order to support them, Year 6 planned and delivered an Easter sale after school on the playground, for the rest of the school to visit. All of the proceeds went directly to this fantastic local charity.