Schools’ partnership supports homeless shelter

Year 10 pupils are working on a charity project with pupils from two local faith schools to provide food for residents at a centre for homeless people.

The school’s philanthropic Community Service programme sees Year 10 pupils committing three days during the school year to selflessly support a charitable cause or social action project, which forms part of the Citizenship GCSE curriculum.

The annual programme offers pupils a valuable learning opportunity, enabling them to experience first-hand an enterprise project that makes a positive difference in the community, whilst developing leadership and planning skills.

This year’s project is a collaboration with the Sikh-faith Seva School, on Eden Road, and Blue Coat Church of England School and Music College, on Terry Road. Ten pupils from each of the three faith schools are working together to deliver a student-led project that demonstrates joint values leading to supporting those less fortunate than themselves.

On the first Community Service Day, which was hosted at our school, pupils agreed on the beneficiary of the project and produced a project plan. They decided to make soup to feed 80 residents at Harnall Lifehouse, Harnall Lane West, Coventry. The residential scheme, which is operated by The Salvation Army, provides accommodation to homeless people in the city for periods of one day to six months, in addition to a range of services to support its residents to secure employment and a home of their own.

Pupils then put their culinary skills to the test on the second Community Service Day by working in groups to prepare the ingredients and make delicious homemade soup. Staff and pupils then delivered the wholesome meal to Harnall Lifehouse where Salvation Army staff served the soup to its residents.

Pupils will meet again at the end of the summer term for the final day of the initiative to evaluate its success and document any lessons learnt that will benefit next year’s cohort of pupils.

Principal Saqub Sheikh said:

“Well done to all the students involved. By coming together with other nearby faith schools and showing what we have in common to help those less fortunate than ourselves, the pupils have really shown that they live by our STAR values, which encompass Service by being a valuable citizen in our community, Teamwork by working together, Ambition by aspiring to do their best and Respect by treating others as we wish to be treated.”

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PUPILS from our school, Seva School and Blue Coat Church of England School and Music College have been working together to make a difference in their community

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