Next Tuesday is a 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐦𝐚𝐬 𝐣𝐮𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐲. Organised by students, there will be a collection for two charities: Children in Crossfire (as promoted by Martin Tierney, our speaker for the Gordon Wilson Lecture) and the St Vincent de Paul Society. The annual 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐦𝐚𝐬 𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐡 will also take place next Tuesday.
Our Amnesty Group has launched its 𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐞 𝐀𝐝𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐂𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐫 collection for the Pantry Foodbank. The Trussell Trust puts the current food poverty crisis into context. A charity with close to 1,400 foodbanks in their network, they have provided a record number of emergency food parcels in the last 12 months – almost 3 million in total, with over 1 million of these provided for children. Many food banks across the UK are dreading the Christmas period as demand rises and donations drop. The number of referrals made to the Pantry continues to rise and they desperately need our help. We welcome donations of non-perishable items, such as tinned foods, tea, coffee, pasta, rice, biscuits, toiletries. The filled boxes can be dropped off in C1.
On Wednesday 20 December, students, parents, carers and members of the wider Shimna community are invited to attend our 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐥𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐦𝐚𝐬 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐭. It will take place in our assembly hall at 6.00 pm on the Wednesday and feature a variety of student performances. Our Parents and Carers’ Council be on hand to serve refreshments.
Thursday 21 December will be a half day. At 11.00 am, our 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐦𝐚𝐬 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐥 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞 will take place in Donard Methodist Church. Parents and carers are welcome to attend. Students will be free to leave for home immediately following the end of the service at noon.
Shimna News, our half-termly newsletter, will also follow in due course.