We are proud to continue to have RotaKids here at Abbey school, who will work closely with Darlington Rotarians Nigel Little and Angela Stephenson and Mrs Folkes to support fundraising and community based projects across the year.
Why have RotaKids at Abbey?
RotaKids is focussed on helping children become responsible citizens who work towards making our school, local and global community a better place; developing leadership skills, self-esteem, empathy and responsibility.
The RotaKids meet every 3 weeks on a Monday lunchtime and give regular updates to the rest of the school in class and in assemblies. In September, class elections are held in year 6 to replace RotakIds who have moved onto secondary school and in year 3 to elect members new to the junior school.
Abbey RotaKids 2022-23
Year 3 -Ella, Lizzy and Freya
Year 4 -Thea, Luke and Lucy
Year 5- Megan, Anna and Jay - Treasurer - Vishw, Secretary - Charlotte and Vice-President - Arthur
Year 6- Florence, Ollie ,Jake, William, Emily and President Imogen
Autumn Term 2022 update
In September, we held class elections for new RotaKids in year 3 and 6 and have 18 RotaKids from year 3 to year 6. We meet every 3 weeks on a Monday lunchtime with Angela and Nigel from Darlington Rotary.
This year we want to continue to spread kindness and help people in our school, local community, across the nation and even across the world.
Last term we collected food for Harvest Festival and donated it to the Basement Café Community Hub at Grange Road Baptist Church. They offer free hot food and drinks, and emergency food parcels to those in need who live in the Darlington area.
We also help others who live a long way from us. In October, we supported World Polio Day (which is helping to get rid of this horrible disease once and for all). We talked about World Polio Day in assemblies and everyone dressed in purple and painted their pinkies purple to show support for it. At present, we are busy packing up books that school doesn’t need anymore, to send to Kenya in a shipping container, which is then turned into a library.
In December, we wrote letters to local nursing homes and organised visits to The Gardens and Abbeyfield care homes. Children in year 3 and 4 visited the care homes and sang carols and Christmas songs for the residents.
On the last day of term, we had a whole school Santa Dash to donate money to the 700 club, a charity, which helps people who live in Darlington, who are homeless and need help to live. The whole school took part in the Santa Dash around the school grounds and had photos with Santa in the grotto! We are proud that we raised £700 for the charity.
Our work is not all about raising money. We are proud of our school and want to make it look the best it can be. Last term we did a litter pick and planted the crocus bulbs donated to us by Darlington Rotary.
We also help others who live a long way from us: we supported World Polio Day (which is helping to get rid of this horrible disease once and for all) and we have collected and sent books to Kenya in a shipping container, which is then turned into a library.