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Kind-hearted pupils help others

GENEROUS pupils at an Evesham school have donated much-needed food to the town’s foodbank as part of their Harvest Festival.


St Andrew’s CE School in Hampton recently handed over tinned, packet and fresh food to the Caring Hands Food Bank at the Vale of Evesham Christian Centre.


Following a wonderful Harvest service at school, where all the children learnt about why we celebrate Harvest, the school ambassadors, along with headteacher Andrea Bailey, gave the food that had been generously donated by the pupils’ family and friends to Diane Bennett from Caring Hands. At the service, Diane also explained to the pupils how the donations really do make a difference to those who need support from the food bank.


“I am absolutely blown away by everyone’s generosity; the amount of donations is phenomenal,” Diane said.

“Thank you so much to all the children and their parents and carers for their continued support.


The non-perishable food will be used in the food bank and the fresh produce will be used in the drop-in diner where we provide meals for people in need in our community.”


Youngsters from Evesham’s St Andrew’s School have special visit from firefighters

YOUNGSTERS from St Andrew’s CE School in Evesham have been finding out more about the fire service with the help of some special visitors.


Firefighters Kyle Annis and Alex Atkins from Evesham Fire Station addressed the whole school in assembly, talking about their roles and giving the children some safety advice.


The pupils then asked them questions and Kyle explained to them how important smoke alarms were, telling them if there was a fire they needed to tell an adult, get out of the house, ring 999 and stay out of the house.


Abi asked if women could be firefighters and was told, Evesham already had three female firefighters while Joseph wanted to know if they attended water rescues as well.


After the assembly, Kyle and Alex spent time in year one explaining their jobs further, how fires could start, and how the youngsters could keep safe at home and at school. A school spokesperson said: “The children really learnt a lot from the visit and Kyle even set year one some homework. “The children have to learn their own address, so if there is ever an emergency, they know where they live.


“The children’s favourite part was trying on Kyle and Alex’s fire helmets.

“We want to say a big ‘thank you’ to both Kyle and Alex for coming into school.”


Parents receive goody bag as children at St Andrew’s CE School enjoy their first day

St Andrew’s CE School gave out goody bags to teary parents as they dropped off their four and five-year-old children at Hampton school.


The thoughtful goodie bag contained a teabag, a chocolate biscuit, and that all-important packet of tissues. It also had a poem attached, which read:


“Thank you for leaving your child at St Andrew’s.

“Go home, put your feet up and have a cup of tea. Tissues are inside in case you shed a tear. But there’s no need to worry, we’ll look after them here.

“Learning to read, learning to write and counting up to 20. Making new friends, singing in the rain and junk modelling aplenty.

“Before you blink they’ll be back at home with you. With tales of wonder, of excitement and of learning all things new.”


The idea was suggested by Sharon Mathers, from the school, who said: “I saw the poems and decided to put together a goody bag for the parents as it is very important to us to show them that we have a nurturing and caring ethos, and that we are approachable.


“We want to work in unison with all our parents and carers to build a strong, long-lasting partnership and make them feel assured that their children are happy, safe and learning.”


The school’s headteacher, Andrea Bailey, said: “It is the first time we have done this and we thought we would try something different.


“It’s a big thing for parents and carers when they take their children to school for the first time.

“We have had an immensely positive reaction and hopefully helped parents to relax for a few hours.”