This article was written by the Deputy Headmaster and shall be appearing in the Bournemouth Echo
A collection on the last day of term raised thousands of cans of food that shall be donated to the Winton branch of the Salvation Army.
The cans arranged in the Old Gym
The event was the brain child of the retiring School Captain, Jake McDonnell, as he organised a Community Day raising awareness of and donations for local homeless charities. Earlier in the year Jake led an assembly outlining the growing numbers of people sleeping rough on the streets of Bournemouth or who are in need of the support a food bank can offer.
He used the words of Simon Armitage’s poem ‘Give’ to emphasise the human side of homelessness. In avoiding conversations about blame he managed to focus on acts of kindness that simply go some way to help a person in need and make them feel noticed by others.
Of all the public places, dear,
to make a scene, I’ve chosen here.
Of all the doorways in the world
to choose to sleep, I’ve chosen yours.
I’m on the street, under the stars.
For coppers I can dance or sing.
For silver – swallow swords, eat fire.
For gold – escape from locks and chains.
It’s not as if I’m holding out
for frankincense or myrrh, just change.
You give me tea. That’s big of you.
I’m on my knees. I beg of you.
As a result he encouraged all of the school community to fulfil one act of kindness and bring in a donation of food that could be given to the Salvation Army. Many students brought it a bag full of donations rather than just the one tin that he asked for.
This charity event represents one of his last acts as School Captain as Tim Georges takes over for the next academic year. The new Senior Prefects are looking forward to contributing to the running of the school in a variety of ways. They hope to continue the excellent charity work that the school is involved in, revamp the student mentoring scheme and make sure the House competition is as fiercely fought as it usually is!
In the spirit of true Bournemouth Echo photography…