St Swithun’s Prep School took part in an innovative jumper swap to raise money for Save the Children and prolong the lives of their old Christmas jumpers.
The idea for the jumper swap came from the school’s charity fundraising and ecological sustainability committees, representing reception to year 6. The committees recognised the amount of ecological waste and expense involved with buying new Christmas jumpers that are worn a handful of times before becoming too small.
Pupils brought in jumpers to school they no longer wanted or could fit into, and swapped them for an item of choice. The leftover jumpers were sold for £2 and the proceeds given to Save the Children. The initiative allows pupils to receive a new Christmas jumper, without spending any money or having any ecological impact.
There has been a growing awareness of climate change and the ecological impact of human actions in schools across the country.
The children really enjoyed choosing their new jumpers and seeing practical recycling in action. They were very keen to help such a worthwhile cause with their creative idea – Jonathan Brough, St Swithun’s Prep
St Swithun’s is an independent day, week and full-boarding school based in Winchester, for girls between the ages 3 and 18. Their goal is to develop strong, independent and courageous young women with a sense of social responsibility.
The school empowers their students by encouraging them to join one of their six committees: culture, health, community, food, charity fundraising and ecological sustainability.
Jonathan Brough, headmaster at St Swithun’s Prep School, said: “The children really enjoyed choosing their new jumpers and seeing practical recycling in action. They were very keen to help such a worthwhile cause with their creative idea”.
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