At Our Lady of Sorrows we try to demonstrate our values by the way in which we interact with each other and the wider community.
We are proud of our partnership with the NHS team who deliver therapy sessions for adults in our community living with dementia. Our Year 5 pupils join them every Tuesday at the day centre at Charles Court.
We help the adults to stimulate their memories through a programme of games and activities. We invite them to school for concerts and afternoon tea. The flashmob in the Frenchgate Shopping Centre was a great local event to be part of, raising awareness of the disease. The school received many compliments following the presentation at CAST Theatre which hosted the Dementia Celebration Conference in the Spring.
All pupils in Key Stage 2, together with parents, took part in a Dementia Awareness session during the Summer Term. We are all Dementia Friends!
Christmas is always a time when we take our choir out on the road to entertain the elderly in Armthorpe. We sing at residential homes and at the Community Centre. Our neighbours in the bungalows also enjoy our lunchtime carols.
Year 6 recently learnt how to dance! After a lesson on the cha, cha, cha and barn dance we were able to give the weekly tea dancers at the Community Centre a run for their money! We have to admit though that their moves were very impressive.
Last year we have managed to do a lot for those who are less fortunate than ourselves.
In September the staff and parents organised a MacMillan Coffee Morning. This was a fantastic occasion, with a hall full of visitors, and we sent £500 to the charity.
Our Harvest auction is always the highlight of the Autumn season. At the end of our Harvest assembly we auction all the produce off and our generous (or competitive) parents and grandparents helped us to raise £280 for CAFOD.
Our Poppy Appeal for The British Legion raised £113.00.
Our sponsored walk around the neighbourhood in onesies and wellies raised a huge amount, not only for Children In Need but also for a charity very close to our hearts, Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice. £1500 was raised in total.
We also raised some much needed funds for our school through raffles at various events and through several Bring and Buy Sales.
The school held a non-uniform day in November to support the upkeep of our church. Each child brought in tins and packets of food from home. The parishioners from Our Lady of Sorrows and St Francis were able to raise lots of money at their Christmas Bazaar on 27th November by making the donations into small hampers. The school choir also entertained the visitors to the Bazaar. A fantastic community event!
In 2016 our non-uniform day will take place on Monday 21st November with the Parish Bazaar held in school on Sunday 4th December.