Article written for the local newspapers - Longwood School and Nursery has been making some very big cuts lately, but for all the right reasons. Longwood prides itself on putting the well-being of the community in the hearts of all its pupils. The week, the children learnt the plight of young children with cancer and were given the opportunity to help in a practical and positive way.
On Monday, Year 6 assembly prefect, Rebecca, gave a presentation in assembly about the Little Princess Trust, which collects hair and sends it off to be made into wigs for children who have lost theirs, due to cancer and other serious illnesses. Following on from the presentation, headteacher Claire May, together with one of the secretaries, two nursery practitioners and two year 5 pupils, had their hair cut, so that they could send their ponytails to be made into wigs for children. The whole school watched as Sam Anton wielded her scissors six times. Sam is a Longwood mum herself and donated her time and her skills for free. Mrs May says, “I am so thrilled that this project has inspired so many of our community to get involved. The atmosphere in today’s assembly was supportive and so much fun and we’ve surpassed all expectations in terms of donations.”
Another Longwood mum, Tracy Hunt, whose daughter, Freya, came up with the whole idea, together with Sanya’s mum, set up a fundraising page for members of the community to donate. So far, we have raised just over £2000, which is a fantastic effort. The money is being divided equally between the Little Princess Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support, which is another charity that Longwood has supported for many years. Lauren and Adam, who are Year 6 events prefects, told the pupils about this charity and explained how they are organising a cake sale and a cupcake competition on Friday. Our annual coffee mornings have become an eagerly anticipated highlight at Longwood and we hope to raise a significant sum on Friday.
Macmillan Coffee Morning
This morning we held our annual coffee morning and it was, as usual, a great success. Thank you for all the wonderful cake donations and a special thank you to everyone who entered the cupcake competition. The judges found it hard but finally made their decision. Congratulations to Lauren, who was awarded third place, Sonni who came second and the overall winner, Rayyan, with his chocolatey, Oreo-laden cupcakes. It was lovely seeing so many parents enjoying a cup of tea, a cake and a chat. Thank you to Julie (Harrison’s mum) for helping to serve the hot drinks. My biggest thanks of the day go to Lauren and Adam for organising such a successful event.
FoL Family Quiz
The quiz, organised by Friends of Longwood was a great success. Special thanks to our quiz masters, Yogi and Julie, who ran the event with panache! Congratulations to the winning team – the Costco Champions – and thank you to everyone who came along and supported us.
Our harvest festival at St James’ Church was a lovely celebration and, as usual, the children all performed beautifully. It was very well attended; thank you to all parents who came along. I hope you enjoyed listening to our selection of harvest songs and poems.