Annual Advent Appeals: A Challenge for Staff, Students and their Families - December 2021

Here at Kingsmeadow we realise the importance of being a part of our local community and the need to demonstrate compassion by supporting our community where it’s needed whenever we can.


This year’s advent challenge for our younger students in Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8) is to work together as a tutor group and create a ‘Reverse Advent Calendar’ over the next 2 weeks where we ‘give’ rather than receive.


The idea is that the students spend the next couple of weeks (part of Advent) in the run up to Christmas, bringing in small items that will fit inside a shoebox and form a very special gift for a child or elderly person who would otherwise not receive very much at all this Christmas.


The tutor group will work together to put together at least one shoebox which will be picked up by Sr Josepha Matthews, on behalf of the St Vincent de Paul Society, on Monday 13th December so that a child-in-need or elderly person-in-need right here in the Northeast can have something to look forward to and can see that we live in an area filled with kindness and compassion for others. If all tutor groups in KS3 take part we will be sending a minimum of 14 shoebox gifts from our school which will definitely be something to be proud of.


This year’s advent challenge for our KS4 students and their families, as well as the staff here at Kingsmeadow, is to create a ‘Reverse Advent Calendar’ over the next 2 weeks where we ‘give’ rather than receive.


The idea is that our KS4 tutor groups and all staff at Kingsmeadow spend the next couple of weeks (part of Advent) in the run up to Christmas, bringing in foods that will be donated to the Gateshead foodbank.


More than 42,000 emergency food parcels have been handed out to people, including 15,000 to children, in the North East in the past six months - the highest amount ever- which has been compounded by the pandemic.


Our hope is that, by having this Advent food bank drive, families-in-need across our region can have something to look forward to and can spend the Christmas period enjoying meals together knowing that they have been thought of and that people care. We are encouraging our students to think about those little luxury items that we buy and eat at this time of year when they are considering what to bring in as we would very much like the food we collect to spread Christmas joy to the families who will be receiving their hampers from the food bank.


A huge thank you in advance for any donations we receive and for the continued support from our students and their families.