Packwood has a strong tradition of charitable giving and every year pupils are encouraged to consider ways in which they can support good causes. Earlier this term the children in years 3-5 and in Acorns voted for the charities they would like to help raise money for through various events and activities this year.
Each form and year group presented the case for their chosen charity and made a presentation to their peers in a special assembly. After a secret ballot, Mrs Rigby revealed that the children had voted to adopt a panda through the World Wildlife Fund (juniors) and to support the Sepilok Orang-utan Centre (Acorns).
They kicked off their fundraising efforts in style on Thursday with a spectacular afternoon tea party for their parents and grandparents. The children had a lot of (very sticky, messy) fun preparing sweet treats for each other to enjoy. Teachers helped out by baking cakes at home and Packwood’s school caterers, Thomas Franks, contributed an array of sumptuous cakes, as well as transforming the dining room into a stylish tea room.
More than one hundred guests joined us and the children were excellent hosts ensuring everyone received a steady supply of cakes and was kept topped up with tea, all of which helped to make for a wonderful, happy occasion.
The main purpose of course was to raise money and the kitchens’ star baker Sandra Davies produced two magnificent cakes – one a panda, one an orang-utan – that Thomas Franks kindly donated for auction. Sealed bids were taken during the party and, thanks to two very generous guests, we were delighted to add £168 to the outstanding total sum of £726.03 that was raised in donations throughout the afternoon and which will be shared between the two charities.