Team Kenya Uniform Donations

When we changed our uniforms at the start of the year, we decided to donate old items to the charity Team Kenya.

Our uniforms were sent to a school in Ndhiwa, in the west of the country.

Colleagues from Longbenton High School had the opportunity to visit the area and observed a number of students wearing our uniforms.

Thank you to all of the students and parents who donated.

Sixth Form Spinathon

IMG_2789Friday the 13th brought Children in Need and the Sixth Form Spinathon, Year 12 against Year 13, all in support of Lucy Wox a previous Year 11 student who was completing the BBC One Rickshaw Challenge.

So 09:20 came and the Spinathon began. Each year group had different cyclists in each 10 minute slot of the school day. Year 13 took an early lead with some apparently keen cyclists, until a student withdrew with a bout of unexpected sickness. Then along came the Year 12 future Olympian with a burst of 42 mph which took Year 12 into the lead.  While all this was going on the donations were flying in and the total was pushing £2000.

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Former Student in Children in Need Challenge

p0356f6dFormer KEVI and Chantry student Lucy Wox will be taking part in this years Rickshaw Challenge.

Lucy, 16, has cerebral palsy, deafness and sight problems but her buoyant personality and can do attitude have meant that this hasn’t held her back.

Doctors had originally thought she may never be able to walk or talk, but Lucy proved them wrong. For the last four years, she has attended the Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project (CVYP), a BBC Children in Need funded group that works with young people with disabilities. With support from the project, Lucy recently passed her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.

To help raise money for Children in Need young riders are biking across the country. This year’s team will cover a 470-mile journey from Land’s End to the East End to help fundraise for BBC Children in Need.

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On Friday the 13th of November we will be having a non-uniform with all contributions being donated to Children in Need.

Supporting Children in Need is especially important for KEVI this year as a previous student Lucy Wox is taking part in the Rickshaw Challenge!

As well as a non-uniform day, we plan to also have a ‘spinathon’ and cake sale on Friday the 13th, in order to raise a great amount of money for the charity. The aim of Children in Need is to ensure every child in the UK can have a safe, happy and secure childhood where all can achieve their potential. The non-uniform day will be a £1 donation.

To support the challenge, you can donate either £5 or £10 by text. To donate £5 text the word TEAM to 70705 or to donate £10 text TEAM to 70710. Texts will cost your donation plus the standard network message charge. All of your donation will go to BBC Children in Need. You must be 16 or over and please ask for the bill payer’s permission. Here’s all the info and full terms and conditions.

Raising money for East African Playground

DSCF8010A cheque was presented to Matthew Court for £560 for the ‘East African Playground’ charity.

Matthew is an ex-students who took a gap year in 2012 to travel to the Jinja region of Uganda to work for the charity for a year and help build playgrounds.

He is set to return in the summer of 2015 and needs to raise £700-£1000 for the charity.  He will pay for his own flights, other travel and his accommodation will be school classrooms for four weeks.

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Wear a daffodil. Make a difference

CaptureOver the next week the Senior Students will be around school selling daffodil pin badges for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Get involved with the daffodil appeal and support terminally ill people and their families by looking out for the yellow box that will be around school in registration, break and lunch time.

Mosaic making for Groundwork charity

The art department are collaborating with Mosaic BirdGroundwork North East & Cumbria to produce a set of tiled mosaic artworks to be used in a garden at Wansbeck hospital.

We would like to invite any student from any year group to take part in this project (which will run on Thursdays after school for 5 weeks).

groundwork1This is an excellent opportunity to work with a charity and develop some new artistic skills.

Speak to Mr Connor in Art if interested.

Sponsored Walk for Teenage Cancer Trust

20141214_132421Students and staff took part in a Charity walk to raise awareness and funds for Teenage Cancer Trust.

We have a sixth form student who has recently been diagnosed that we wanted to support and so far over £3,000 has been raised.

The 55 students and 16 staff walked from Blyth to Tynemouth on Sunday 14th December along the 9 mile coastline.

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Donations to West End Refugee Service

WERS4Five Year 9 Social & Ethical Studies classes were so inspired by a guest talk given by a Rwandan refugee survivor,  that they decided to help out.

They all brought in one item of clothing or new toiletries to be donated to the West  End Refugee Service (WERS) based in Newcastle.

This week, the 11 bags of clothes and toiletries will be delivered to their stores in time for Christmas.