Non-uniform Day: Wednesday 9th March ‘Ukraine Appeal’

Dear Parents and Carers

Non-uniform Day: Wednesday 9th March ‘Ukraine Appeal’

At Swanshurst, kindness is one of our core values. As world events occur which affect young people, we will always act to play our part in supporting our international community. You will of course be aware of the current crisis in Ukraine. Many people in the UK are looking for ways they can help. In the same way we have supported other humanitarian crisis appeals previously, at Swanshurst we want to raise awareness and show our support for the current humanitarian need in Ukraine.

We will be holding a non-uniform day on Wednesday 9 March. Pupils are permitted to wear their own clothes instead of their usual school uniform for a minimum £1 donation. Pupils are welcome to donate more should they wish to. In supporting with the non-uniform day, we stand united and our donations will support the British Red Cross. As the security situation allows, the Ukrainian Red Cross Society (URCS) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will continue to respond to existing and emerging humanitarian needs. Our donation will help those affected get:

  • food
  • water
  • first aid
  • medicines
  • warm clothes
  • shelter

Should pupils not wish to wear their own clothes they can attend in full school uniform on the day as normal. These pupils will still be able to contribute to the charity should they wish to. Pupils have started to discuss the current issues in Ukraine during their ‘Character Education’ session this week. During period 1 on Wednesday 9 March we will have an extended form time PSHE session in order to further educate our pupils; giving them an opportunity to ask questions and discuss these important matters.

If we all donate we can make a huge difference to the lives of those affected. All donations will be collected during the period 1 extended PSHE session with form tutors.

It is understandable that many people whilst watching and reading the news, feel increasingly worried. After a two-year pandemic, it's a lot to absorb, and experts agree that feeling overwhelmed is normal. The following link is very useful on how to help yourself, your children and others.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-60557186

If you have any further queries related to the day or the current situation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Mr W Ali                               Mr M Dunn

Assistant Headteacher        Headteacher

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