The sixty-six acres of beautiful Shropshire countryside around Packwood School burst into life this week. The weather brought out the blooms of daffodils and crocuses, but Packwood’s Charity Week brought out a swathe of colourful fancy dress costumes. From fencers in colourful masks to the award winning cricket team in moustaches, Monday’s ‘Fun Run’ was an opportunity to complete laps of the school’s stunning grounds in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research. Wednesday saw the turn of the Lacrosse team dressing up alongside local rivals in aid of the GB U19 Lacrosse team and Friday was non-uniform in aid of the NSPCC. In all over a £1000 was raised for the three charities.
Packwood, normally known for its focus on dress code, uniforms, table manners and ‘first impressions’ has enjoyed a week of fund raising madness to rival the March hare. Even Packwood’s award winning kitchen & catering team joined in the fun with themed meals and plenty of colourful dishes (the Spanish churros and chocolate proving VERY popular!).
Packwood’s commitment to leadership and personal achievement runs alongside a commitment to the community and encouraging awareness of issues in the wider world. “Packwoodians are confident, well informed and well-equipped to succeed in an increasingly complex and competitive adult world” said one parent of three Packwood pupils. The school’s Packwood Code sets out the principals for the school’s behaviour expectations and acts as a moral code for life at Packwood and beyond. Alongside “be your best” are “share”, “be respectful”, “be kind and helpful” and “be a responsible member of the community”. This half term’s form challenge is to cut waste, turn off lights and to come up with recycling ideas across the school.
Sue Rigby, Deputy Head, explains “Gaining an insight into the lives of others less fortunate than themselves and into some of the big issues that affect the world around them is an invaluable element of the broader education and development of the children. They are keen to try to make a difference and to have a positive impact in whatever way they can.”
Charity activities last term included Girl Boarders Climbing Everest (or its height in stairs) in aid of armed forces charity SSAFA ; an impromptu concert in aid of Tsunami Relief; Christmas boxes for the Samaritan’s Purse; a fundraising calendar for Hope House and the whole school wore jeans for a day (Jeans for Genes) in aid of the 100,000 Genome Project.
Packwood has a wide appeal to families from different backgrounds for its excellent all-round education and outstanding extracurricular provision. New Head, Robert Fox is looking forward to opening Packwood’s colourful fields to primary schools from across the county with a Summer Cricket Festival in aid of ‘Chance to Shine Charity’. The school will be supporting the NSPCC again next term and the Pre-Prep pupils are due to become ‘Waste Warriors’ with a trip to Groundworks North Wales. Mr Fox believes that Packwood children “achieve independence, gain confidence and above all learn the value and importance of being members of a community”. He welcomes visitors to the school, if you would like a ‘taste’ of Packwood (and those churros), the next Open Day is on Saturday 18th May.