In Conversation With… Claire Lomas

On Thursday 19th June we were delighted to welcome Claire Lomas as part of the ‘Stoneygate School In Conversation With…’ series.

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Claire spoke confidently and candidly about her experience since the freak riding accident in 2007 that left her paralysed from the chest down. Since then, Claire has worked tirelessly fundraising for the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation – an organisation that she hints are very close to finding a cure for spinal injuries and paralysis.

The children were fascinated by Claire’s story, and the admission that her top five achievements in life had occurred after her accident. Claire completed the London Marathon in 2012 using a ReWalk suit that allowed her to walk whilst aided by tilting and balancing her hips. Achieving such an amazing goal only spurred Claire on further, and after lighting the Paralympic cauldron for London 2012, Claire then went on to hand cycle 400 miles from Nottingham to London. On her way, she stopped at schools to give inspirational talks, just like the one we were treated to.

photo (1)It was fantastic for the children and parents to hear Claire’s positive experiences and hear her mantra: never give up! Even when things appeared bleak, Claire found her inner strength and battled through.

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If you would like to donate to the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation, you can visit their website here, or purchase Claire’s autobiography ‘Finding My Feet’ here.

Year 8 Bring and Buy Sale

On Friday the Year 8 children held their annual Bring and Buy Sale in aid of the charities ‘Hope against Cancer’ and ‘Help for Heroes’.

Thanks to the support of the children and parents they had lots of items to sell and they raised the splendid total of £400.

They also raised £50 for Sport Relief by selling merchandise.

Well done to all the members of Year 8 , who looked great in their ‘onesies’!

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Woof Club

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Well done to the Woof Club (4EM) who organised and ran the club’s first Cake Sale at school, to raise money for the Dogs Trust. Lots of the class helped to support the event by bringing in cakes and biscuits.

The charity has just sent a lovely certificate and letter giving them a ‘great round of appaws’ for their fantastic donation of over £50.

The club has lots of other fundraising ideas for the year and is planning another Cake Sale on Monday to celebrate Fiona Cairns coming into school.

Fundraising fun!

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Congratulations to Sam, Archie and Pippa (with a small contribution from Millie) who recently raised £109 for charity. Leicester Botanical Gardens were holding an Open Day near to Sam’s house and he decided to sing and play his ukulele outside his front gate. He was accompanied and supported by the others. The money will be donated to two charities: ‘National Autism Society’ and ‘Little Princess’.

It is a great credit to this group that they thought of the idea and carried it through. They received lots of favourable comments on the day. It heart-warming to know that they were willing to give up their own time to help other people. Well done!

Year 8 Bring and Buy Sale – 21st March

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The Year 8 children have been starting to organise their annual Bring and Buy Sale this week. The event will take place in the foyer of the New Building on Friday 21st March 2014, from around 9:20am until noon.

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They hope to raise lots of money to support ‘Hope Against Cancer’ (our school Charity of the Year) and ‘Help for Heroes’.

Over the next few days they will be asking the children and parents to consider supporting the event by donating items. These can be books, toys, games, DVDs, CDs, cakes and other assorted items. So why not tidy your bedroom this weekend and see if you can find anything that you don’t use anymore!

‘Let’s Get Ready For Christmas’ Day

On Friday 6th December, children in Year 3 and above are invited to dig out their Christmas jumpers, Santa hats, Christmas clothes, and tinsel to raise money for ‘Hope Against Cancer’, our charity of the year.  For just £1 the children can leave their uniform at home and can get in the Christmas spirit for the day! This date has been chosen to coincide with the Senior School bowling trip.

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