At the end of a challenging term, when it would be tempting for us all to reflect on our own misfortunes and frustrations, pupils, staff and parents have truly demonstrated their faith in the school's motto by contributing with such enthusiasm to Age UK's gift bag campaign. We have received donations for hundreds of items, which will be put into festive gift bags and delivered to older people who are lonely, isolated, or struggling financially. Age UK is the country's largest charity working with older people, helping to tackle loneliness and providing support for people to live independently for longer.
In addition, all members of Years 7 and 8 (and a number from other year groups) have been part of a campaign organised by the London Borough of Sutton, which will ensure that every elderly resident in a care home will receive a letter or Christmas card from a child in the Borough, showing them that someone beyond their own immediate family is thinking of them.
These campaigns have really struck a chord with the school community this year, as we reflect on the sense of dislocation and isolation that so many people in society must feel at the end of 2020. In spite of all the restrictions at present, the term has ended with a little festive fun! Our House Mufti day this week has raised over £2,000 for The Royal Marsden in memory of our treasured colleague, Kamaljit Gill.