Kind natured students and staff from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College have donated many items which will be used to make Christmas hampers which are to be distributed to young people across Warwickshire who have recently left foster care.

The school’s festive collection was made to support an initiative, which is organised by Norma Wilson; a member of Warwickshire County Council’s fostering service. Over the last 18 years, Norma has created hampers for the Warwickshire Fostering Service to go to young people and asylum seekers who have recently come out of foster care and now live alone without family support.

Having begun by only creating a few hampers, over the last couple of years the amount has snowballed to well over two hundred. As well as Christmas gifts, the hampers also contain essentials such as socks, gloves, mince pies, biscuits, soups, toothbrushes, sheets and anything else that might be of use.

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said, “This year our students and staff have shown their generosity by collecting for a number of good causes including Rugby Food Bank, the Red Box Project and the hampers created by Norma, which I am sure will be well received by young people across the county.”

Earlier in December, Norma’s project seen on television when it was featured on BBC Midlands Today.

In January, three students from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College will be on stage in Rugby Theatre’s pantomime production of Cinderella.

The pantomime, which is set to delight audiences both young and old, has been written by Nick Marsh, a member of at Rugby Theatre, and will be on stage from Friday 11 January. Year 9 student Ellie-Mae Storey and fellow performing arts enthusiasts, Liliya Herring and Chelsea Hughes, who are in Year 8 will feature in the show as dancers.

Year 8, Garrick House, student Liliya Herring said “I have lots of opportunities to practise dancing not only at the theatre but also at school where I really enjoy my dance lessons and I take part in the school’s dance club. It’s really exciting to be on stage and to dance in front of an audience. I hope lots of people will come along to see Cinderella”.

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said, “From the name of our school it is clear that the performing arts play a big part in the education and experiences we offer our student. It is always a pleasure to see our students performing and I am pleased that members of the local community will see three of our students in this production.”

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After receiving their own box in September, students and staff from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College have recently brought in donations to support Rugby’s Red Box Project which will help to end period poverty in Rugby.

The UK wide project, which began in 2017, was set up to set up to tackle period poverty and provide period products to any young person who needs them. The project collects donations of period products and new underwear from members of the public and produces fully stocked red boxes which are placed in schools for students who need access to the products.

Olivia Le Poidevin, coordinator of The Red Box Project in Rugby, said “It was wonderful to hear that Avon Valley School’s red box is being used for the benefit of the students at the school. We’re also really grateful that the school has held this collection to support our project which now has a presence in every secondary school in the town.”

Headteacher, Alison Davies, said “This collection forms part of a larger collection we’ve held to support a number of local organisations including the local Food Bank, and Christmas hampers created for Warwickshire care leavers. The Red Box Project is a fantastic idea and across the town there are a number of donation drop off boxes. I would encourage people, where possible, to make a donation and help end period poverty in Rugby.”

The kind hearted students from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College have donated hundreds of food items which will be collected by Rugby Food Bank and distributed to local people in need.

The food bank based on Newbold Road is one of The Trussell Trust’s network over 420 foodbanks, which work to tackle food poverty across the UK. According to the foodbank’s website “New data released shows December was the busiest month for foodbanks last year. During December 2017, The Trussell Trust’s network provided 159,388 three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis; 65,622 of these went to children”.

During a two-week long project, led by Achievement Leader, Carole Labreize, the students were encouraged to bring in an item for the food collection which formed part of a house competition.

Carole Labreize, said “Our students have again this year donated hundreds of items which will support people in the local community. Over the two weeks the items on the tables in our reception area have steadily grown, and I was pleased to announce Garrick House as the winner of the competition.

” Alison Davies, Headteacher commented “This is another wonderful example of the kindness our students are capable of. I thank everyone who has contributed and made this collection a huge success.”