Staff and students at The Regis School have taken part in a whole school silence and penny drive to support UNICEF UK’s Children in Danger Campaign. For three months tutor groups have been collecting loose change following assemblies led by the schools Rights Respecting Ambassadors.
When the school realised just 4p could provide lifesaving vaccines and £8 high energy food for a child for a week, they did not hesitate in raiding penny jars, looking behind sofa’s and in the bottom of bags. The best news is the school raised £1676.43 and as UNICEF reminded us this will be match funded by DFID so our total is an amazing - £3352.86.
To ensure everyone had time to reflect on why we were raising the money the whole school staged a one hour “We Are Silent” campaign. This involved every member of the school community identifying an area of the Children in Danger campaign they felt most passionately about, wearing this as a sticker and then being silent for a full hour as teachers taught silent lessons.
Assistant Principal, Caroline Saunders said: “I walked the school during period 5 and the atmosphere was tangibly different. Most doors were open, communication was creative but silent and students were engaged in learning. We had no issues with any student not taking part and the atmosphere was lovely. Most powerful of all the silence included a lesson change over, so to see 1400 students move between lessons but not hear a sound was really quite moving”.
Paul Harris from UNICEF UK said: “Thank you to everyone at The Regis School for collecting such a huge amount, which is very much appreciated”.
The Regis School is a Level 2 UNICEF Rights Respecting School