We are delighted to announce the BCS Smarties Challenge, which we are launching this week across the whole school to raise money for Birmingham-based charity ‘Let’s Feed Brum’.

The idea is that the children take a Smarties tube (or an empty jam jar if you’d prefer) and fill it with loose change to raise money to help the homeless. Perhaps they can find the coins down the back of the sofa? Or perhaps they could take on some household chores? Or perhaps they can become the next Captain Tom and plan a sponsored event to raise even more funds.

We will also be holding a non-uniform day on the final day of this half term, Friday 12 February, where children can pay a pound into their pot to come to their online lessons in their home clothes. For those children attending school, they can come to school that day in their own clothes too.

Volunteers at ‘Let’s Feed Brum’, have been working in our city for many years, walking the streets each night and providing food and essentials (such as toiletries, warm socks and new sleeping bags) for those sleeping rough. The charity also befriends the homeless and works with them to find long-term accommodation and work. For more information on the charity and the work it
does, see https://www.letsfeedbrum.com/.

While we are all living through such a challenging time of life, we felt it was important that our children at Blue Coat continue to remember the many ways we are blessed, and to have a project which focuses their attention on some of the greatest needs in our society. Mr Neeson and I will be reminding the children over the next few weeks that when we come together we can make a
significant difference for good, as we hope this charity challenge will show.

We look forward to gathering up your donations once we are all back together in school – please hold onto them until then.

Mrs Drake

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