Advent 2015 saw the beginning of a large charity drive in Trinity High School. Staff and pupils were encouraged to reflect on the many people in the world who do not have what they have. The first initiative saw pupils participate in a non uniform day where they were asked to donate tinned goods instead of the usual pound. This saw over 100 food parcels being made to be distributed to various good causes around the Renfrewshire area.
S6 pupils spent time preparing with the NET ministries team to head into Glasgow city centre to participate in their Day of Action. This event sees the pupils spend the day in Glasgow participating in a street can collection in order to raise valuable funds for St Vincent’s Hospice based in Howwood. Over £1000 was realised from this event.
In addition to this, pupils from S1-S5 were busy in the RE periods reflecting on the importance of helping those in need. Pupils considered ways in which they could do something to make a difference, and so the month of December was spent participating in sponsored events such as silences, dances, movie-thins, bake-offs and other such events. Not to be outdone, staff were busy baking and bringing in raffle prizes and attending lots of coffee mornings.
By the time we saw in the New Year our school community had raised over £8000 to be distributed amongst local charities. Pupils were given the opportunity through RE to nominate the charities that they feel special connections with and so, representatives from 9 different charities were invited into Trinity on the afternoon of Thursday 25th February to be presented with their donations.
Representatives from St Vincent’s Hospice, The Cardinal Winning Prolife Initiative, Breathing Space, The Ozanam Club, Mary’s Meals, The Brighest Star, Our Lady of the Wayside Club, Cancer Support Scotland, St Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society and Lamont Farm were among the charities who received donations.
In addition to this the Catenian Association were also on hand to distribute cheques to two of our lucky pupils who will be heading to Bangalore this June to work with the charity The Association of People with Disabilities.