The Halcyon Community and Service Programme is up and running…and what a start the students have made! This year we will be focusing on two strands of activity: Building Halcyon’s Community (as we are a new school) and building Halcyon’s place in the wider community (as we are a new school in London). Our students have not only embraced these two challenges with open and energetic arms, but have also got straight to work on the two chosen areas of focus for this inaugural year: “Helping the Environment” and “Helping Others”. Here’s a snapshot of what we’ve been up to:
BBC’s Children in Need: Last Friday, to contribute to the awareness raising and fundraising effort of this flagship BBC event, Halcyon’s Grade 7 students organised a slipper wearing day for our whole community. Much hilarity was had by all….especially by the students seeing what their teachers like to slip into while sitting at home by the fire. Together we raised £235 for Children in Need, and knowing that these funds are often directed to more disadvantaged students than ourselves in local London schools really helped us feel like, by being here, and being fun and creative, we can help others in our wider community.
New Student Help Team: As we are new school we’re going to be having new students join us regularly so we think it’s important that they are helped to settle in. The Student Help Team will assign a helper to each new member of our community who be there for them for whatever they might need. Huge thanks to Kate who has done a wonderful job over the past couple of weeks helping Sabrina settle in and becoming one of the Halcyon family!
The Eco Committee: The very first Halcyon Eco Committee has been set up and already has six motivated and enthused members leading the way to make our school and community as eco-friendly as possible. Their first project is a “Switch off Campaign” making sure that we, as a community, don’t waste valuable power resources by leaving lights, computers and devices on when we are not using them. They’ve got us all remembering….so well done and keep reminding us!