For the past few weeks, during tutor time, students have been busy working together to design and build Christmas themed hampers to house donations in the form of food, toys, clothes and more which were supplied by students in each tutor group. These hampers were then judged by headteacher, Mrs Canham, based on variety of contents, quantity of items and overal design.
With the help of some Year 11 students, the hampers were taken to Victoria Park Community Centre in Bridgwater where their contents were sorted by volunteers from the Food Bank, Childrens Centre and Arts Centre, ready to be donated to those in need at Christmas time. Additionally, a trip was also made to Chilton Trinity to pick up their handmade hampers, also filled to the brims with donations.
Mrs Smith, who coordinated the event, said "Mrs Canham had a tough job picking winners- there was such a lot of variety in many of the hampers. It's lovely to see the whole school doing something together and it makes such a difference to people in the community" Mr Handel, who started the annual tradition, said he was "very impressed with the variety of contents and spectacular design efforts students have gone to".
Gareth Hughes from Victoria Park Community Centre said "We were very impressed by the amount of donations this year , by far the biggest yet. Donations were distributed to 4 groups (3 in Bridgwater); Bridgwater Food Bank, Victoria Park Children’s Centre and Headway Brain Injury Charity. The fourth group was for the short date or just out of date stock which was collected by the food bank for a charity that sends aid to Syria for refugees of the country’s civil war. We had Volunteers from many local Bridgwater organizations helping to sort the donations and as stated above we were all very impressed by the generosity of the pupils and staff of Haygrove and Chilton Trinity Schools. We have already had great feedback from the children’s centre that family’s in Bridgwater with very little this Christmas have already benefited from all of your generosity."
The winning hampers for each year group were:
The winning hamper overall for design, flair and contents was 10L but it was a close run thing and 9J and 10K deserve special mention.
Special thanks goes to Phebe Whillis, Eleanor Newman, Georgia Tier, Freddie Brewer, Callum Jones, Emily Seaman, Olivia Manchip, Lucy Birch, Jasmine Carson, Mr Hudd and Mr Dibble who helped with the delivery of the hampers. Additional thanks goes to Mr Handel and Mrs Smith for coordinating and to Mrs Canham for judging.
We would also like to thank Falcon Vehicle Solutions for kindly donating a van for us to use to transport the hampers!