Advent Collections Appeal 2019

STM students truly demonstrate what it means to ‘Aspire not to have more but to be more’!

The last three weeks have been an extremely busy period for St Thomas More students as they actively engaged with the meaning of the Season of Advent. The first week of Advent began with a series of Year group assemblies reflecting on the significance of our Advent Wreath and the inspirational symbolism it holds. At the conclusion of each assembly students, and staff, were encouraged to consider how they could best contribute to the three different collections that were about to commence.

Year 7 students were asked to contribute to our Baby Basics collection. This charity seeks to support young mothers of all backgrounds who may be experiencing difficulties in acquiring the basics. Year 7 students and their families have donated a wide variety of items ranging from bottles and wet wipes to nappies and clothing.

Year 8 collected items to create party bags for a party for the elderly. We were asked to contribute as much as possible to pack fifty bags. Such is the generosity of our Year 8 that we have achieved over and above that limit. In addition our Year 8 students have written letters and cards to include in the party bags to be distributed.

Years 9 to 13, and staff across the school, were asked to donate any non perishable food item, toiletries, good quality second hand clothing, hats, gloves, scarves and bedding. Our entire collection has been divided up between food banks in both Wolverhampton andPelsall/Bloxwich and the Good Shepherd Ministry in Wolverhampton and The Sanctuary in Birmingham.

Our donations to Baby Basics were delivered on Friday, as was some of the goods for the Good Shepherd Ministry. Our donations for the Old Folks’ Party will leave school on Thursday and we are taking the remainder to Bloxwich on Thursday where we will attend Mass in the parish at 10.00am.

Of course none of this would have at all possible without the generosity of you at home. As a consequence of your kindness and concern for others, we as a school have been able to contribute to the care of some of the most vulnerable in our community.