By Friday 1st May, the school will have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic for 40 days. We understand that community groups and local charities are under increasing financial pressure and will need additional support in the future. The staff thought it would be fun if we did our own 40/4.0 challenge to support local groups such as Thornaby Food Bank, St Francis of Assisi Church that we have links to. In addition, we will make a shared donation to the Butterwick Hospice, Daisy Chain and the Stockton Salvation Army.
The staff have set and are in the process of completing their own challenges linked to 40 or 4.0 and would love for our school families to get involved too. Each challenge will be uploaded onto the school website and donations can be made from anyone wishing to support. We understand how families may also be finding things difficult at this time so would like to encourage participation to promote positive well-being which does not need to be finance based. Examples have included learning Italian and counting to 40, various sporting activities such as shooting 40 hoops, doing 4 laps of the garden on a space hopper, 40 minutes of an exercise class, 4km and 4 mile walks and bike rides. The children have also started to join in - a 4 mile bike ride (by one of our Nursery children), 4 front flips on the trampoline, 40 minute walks, 40 jumping jacks. We understand how families, staff and children are finding things difficult at this time and wanted something where we could work together, increase our sense of community spirit and positive mental health and well-being for school staff and families. We have raised over £1400 so far via JustGiving.