The student council meets fortnightly to discuss school issues and organise events. Last year they set themselves an ambitious fundraising target and have definitely started with a BANG! The student council, and other Marshland High School projects, both last term and this coming term have shown just how much we can achieve when we work together.
Fundraising began in September with a charity that raises money to support people suffering with cancer – an issue, unfortunately, most of us can relate to. And the response was AMAZING. With a simple cake sale as part of the MacMillan Coffee Morning, Marshland students raised a record breaking £271.86 for a single event.
October brought round Children In Need – always a big event at Marshland High School. Ms Benson and her team of amazing students organised a non-uniform day and another BIG cake sale raising a whopping £817! Loads of students helped out by baking cakes, making posters, and giving up their time at break and lunch to sell cakes.
Each year for the past 4 years, Ms Benson has organised the hamper and shoe box challenges. Form groups across the houses used their tutor lessons in November and December to work together on these Christmas projects that give back to our local communities. Initially in 2016 the school was struggling to get all forms motivated but a frank and heated discussion at the student council meeting on 22nd November, in support of Ms Benson’s fantastic project, seemed to have the desired impact as MHS students and Ms Benson managed to deliver over 24 hampers of Christmas goodies and gifts to the Ferry Project, for the homeless in Wisbech, and a massive pile of charitable necessities to the Women’s Refuge in Kings Lynn. This is something Marshland students have become known for in the West Norfolk area, and in anticipation of our kind donations a 2 year old boy called Charlie made a beautiful card to thank us.
Also in October, to coincide with Ugandan Independence Day, Marshland hosted the first, annual, Uganda Day fundraising event. This event aimed to support the education of young people just like ourselves, in Uganda. Elizabeth and Mathew were selected as lucky recipients of a year’s scholarship to the Mother Mary Primary School. They were chosen by the head teacher, Anne, and the governors, in accordance with criteria for learning, set out by the student council. The students and staff there are extremely grateful to Marshland students for their thoughts and efforts and, as a very religious school, pray for us every day in thanks.
But that was all last term! This term the student council is not stopping! On 10th February they will be organising a fun run round the small tennis court – like we did for sports relief last year – in support of the White Helmets. Judging from feedback, this is clearly an issue Marshland students feel strongly about.
And finally – in March we have our second big event of the year – Red Nose Day! The student council have got a huge range of events organised for everyone to get involved in to make Friday 24th March a really FUN day! Pin badges will be on sale after half term, and noses on the day for £1 each. Please pledge to bake red cakes and get your best jokes ready.