The date of 31st January 2020 has been on everyone’s minds but today at Blue Coat it’s not Brexit we are thinking about, it’s St. Monica’s House Charity Day!

The girls delivered a fantastic assembly telling the rest of Prep a little more about their chosen charity – Acorns Children’s Hospice. We welcomed fundraiser Olivia Guglia to answer some questions and launch our day of fundraising.

Acorns look after children and young adults aged 0 to 18 years who need specialist care for life limiting and life threatening conditions. Acorns is based in the West Midlands and was established by Peter Wildblood, a local Headmaster of a special school in Birmingham and became a registered charity back in 1984. Their first charity shop opened 3 years later and today there are 55 Acorn Charity shops around the West Midlands.

St. Monica’s have already been raising funds ahead of their charity day through their Oak Tree Challenge, turning £5 into profit through bakes sales, sponsored activities, odd jobs and many entrepreneurial activities. The assembly ended with the whole House performing Miley Cyrus’s song ‘The Climb’ signifying how hard the girls have worked to grow their five pound acorn into an oak tree.

At break and lunchtimes the school hall was busy and the children had fun playing games and spending their pocket money. A delicious cake sale was the perfect end to the day. Thank you to everyone for their support – we may be four houses but as one school it was a united effort to raise as much as we could for Acorns. Mrs Redfern would have been proud and was also very much in our thoughts as we did our best today.

Mrs Walker