Many of you will be aware of the phenomenal contribution Manic Ceramics’ owner, Debs Bonfield, in Hertford, makes to our wider community each year at Christmas. Her aim is to support disadvantaged young people and families during times of uncertainty and hardship.
This is the 4th year that Debs and our year group have worked together to reach out to support a group of local families in need. All 6 of our Year 10 form groups were again allocated a family to support this Christmas – ‘Family A, B, C, D, E and F’. Each form’s Charity Representatives take the lead with organising the project and planning and sharing ideas with the form and over the past few weeks, each member of each form has brought in food, gifts and other essential items to fill their form’s Christmas ‘hamper’ for every member of their ‘family’. It has again been so wonderful to see our Year 10 pupils so engaged in the project and see them recognise the value of taking time to help others. Each form and Form Tutor has worked incredibly hard as a team, even spending lunch and break times putting together their hampers for their allocated families. The presents are wrapped carefully and labelled individually, despite not knowing the identities of the people who will receive their gifts.
Honestly, it is moving to see our Year 10s so engaged in this project for the 4th year in a row. It just goes to show that they really are learning the importance of kindness and integrity and we are proud of them for that.
Mrs Nicholls has led on this project for the last 4 years and deserves a huge thank you. It is because of her that our Year 10s have developed such a touching tradition over the years and that 6 families receive such a lift at Christmas time.
I’d also like to thank the other wonderful Form Tutors in the Year 10 Team who work tirelessly to motivate, guide, support their tutees on a daily basis. We couldn’t have done it without you.
Merry Christmas to families A, B, C, D, E and F and thanks to everyone in the Year 10 Presdales community for all that they’ve done to make this happen.
Miss Haywood, Head of Year 10