“It is not what one says, but rather what one does, that makes a difference.” Ethics of the Fathers 1:17
This month JCoSS students have been getting their teeth into a wide range of charity and social action opportunities in school and beyond. For Mitzvah Day, they collected toys and games for the Noah’s Ark charity shop in Barnet and toiletries for JWA shelters. Many students also volunteered to pack Chanukah boxes for Gift at lunchtime. We also went to local school Livingstone Primary, where JCoSS year 9 students read with Year 6 students and then treated them to some close up magic before finishing up with a football game in the playground!
Other JCoSS students donned bright orange vests and took part in a local clean up as part of the Mayor of London’s Capital Clean Up
project. On Sunday 17th November students from JCoSS visited Jack Ruben House in Finchley and Lady Sarah Cohen House in Barnet, befriending residents and learning some first-hand history into the bargain.
A group of students from Year 8 (Ella Nourmand, Amy Somekh, Lily Sheldon, Gaby Vides and Gil Krikler) also took the initiative to make and sell bracelets in aid of our chosen charity, Save the Children. They put in a huge amount of work and sold them in the Heart Space, raising well over £350 for the charity.
After Typhoon Haiyan hit, another group of sixth formers took the initiative to make and sell cakes for disaster relief through Save the Children. They put a huge amount of effort into making some delicious treats and raised almost £400 for the Phillipines. A second fantastic cake sale was run by the PSRP students raising £83.
In addition, JCoSS students raised £111 for the Poppy Appeal this year – many thanks to those students who gave up their lunchtimes to sell poppies.
All the sixth formers had a great opportunity to make new volunteering contacts at the annual volunteering fair which was also held this month with representatives from over 20 charities coming to JCoSS to meet students and talk to them about various volunteering and internship opportunities. Many thanks to JLGB for their help in organising this event.