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Students from Scott House, Ely College pledge their support to ARHC

19 July 2018

As part of the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust’s well-established PLEDGES system, Ely College held a Charities Day dedicated to fundraising. Through fundraising for a local charity, students could work towards their pledges or broaden their experiences as they work towards their future careers.

PLEDGES were introduced at Ely College last year and are vital in ensuring students leave college as well-rounded individuals, to support their academic and career paths. A system of rewards and behaviour, PLEDGES help students develop character and responsibility that can be taken into their adult life. They encourage students to get involved with the wider experiences the college and community has to offer them.

In the lead up to the big charity day, the students came together in their form groups and Houses to vote for their House charities for the year. The kind students of Scott House voted to support the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity.

Students brainstormed fundraising ideas, planned and prepared their stalls and the culmination of their hard work came together on Wednesday 13th December as ‘Charities Day 2017’ took place. The school site was divided into event areas with a food court, media zone, disco and even a haunted house! Soak the teacher was very popular as were glitter makeovers and various delicious cake sales.  As well as the traditional lucky dips and tombola’s we had some fresh ideas. From karaoke to Elfie Selfie stations, console room to sweet casinos; there was something for everyone!

The event was well supported by the local community, with Gourmet Brownie and the Ely Fire Service joining in the fun to raise money for these great causes. Principal of Ely College, Richard Spencer, thanked his staff and all who supported the event and said: “PLEDGES and Futures Days are so important because they play a vital part in helping our students to develop empathy as well as more tangible skills such as the teamwork and responsibility that comes with event planning.

“Handling cash with an insight into customer service and building communications skills that will benefit them throughout their lives, preparing them for life beyond the classroom. We are delighted with how the students have embraced their House Charities this year and we look forward to running fundraisers for them throughout the year.”

From everyone at the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity we would like to say thank you to all the students and tutors from Scott House. We were absolutely delighted to be the recipients of £429.12. The funds raised will help us to provide vital care to people dealing with a life limiting illness.

Thank you so much and we look forward to working with you all in the future!

 

 

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