Sunday Times Prep School of the Year 2013-14

NSPCC 'Speak Out Stay Safe' Campaign

A visiting speaker in Assembly reminded us about the principles behind our chosen charity – the NSPCC. Even our youngest Reception age girl right through to our eldest and tallest Year 6 pupil understood the importance of speaking out if there is something worrying you, as every child has a right to be safe, feel secure and be cared for and loved in life. Our girls were very knowledgeable about whom they could turn to if they had a worry and were also confidently repeating the helpline number – 08001111 – as another source of how to, “speak out stay safe”. ‘Childline’ is the charity’s national helpline which can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We were asked if we could guess how many calls per week Childline received from young people with a concern; we tentatively suggested perhaps 500? Maybe 1,200? 3,000? The whole school gasped audibly when we were informed it was, on average, 25,000 calls a week – and each phone line, whilst manned by volunteers, essentially cost £4.00 to administrate…the price of a large cup of coffee or a smoothie bought so often without a backward glance by so many of us.

We are intending to launch our support for the NSPCC and Childline with a fast and furious ‘Danceathon’ this Friday, 10th.March. You should have received details about the event and a sponsorship form for your daughter, last week. Please do try and show your support and help her round up sponsors by letting the girls talk about the work done by the NSPCC charity and Childline. The girls will be rewarded with various coloured badges in recognition of how far they have spread the word; this is not about the amount pledged and raised, rather, it is about them sharing information with others known to them about this vital charity. The Infants will be aiming for 20 minutes of non-stop, fast paced, up-beat dancing on Friday whilst the Juniors have the challenge of 30 minutes dance-based fun exercise for sponsoring.

Good luck girls with spreading the word, getting sponsorship and then dancing your socks off!