Pupils from Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School, St Albans, had a life-changing experience when they they visited Uganda during their half term, to see projects supported by KiSS (Kiddies Support Scheme) - a charity which promotes the self-sufficiency of children in Kasambya and Hoima,Uganda with education, healthcare and general living, Nicola Kelly writes.
The student leadership team was accompanied by four members of dedicated staff, who spent eight days in Kasambya. They had a full agenda, visiting primary and secondary schools, meeting families supported by KiSS, getting involved in the construction of their agricultural site and spending valuable time with the children reliant on KiSS.
It was a transformational visit, that truly enlightened the prospectives of the students and teachers alike. What was most evident was the happiness that the children possessed regardless of their current situation or suffering. The younger children spoke little English but were able to communicate with the team through singing and dancing, to demonstrate their appreciation.
The team returned eager to raise as much money possible for the charity after viewing the vital impact they make. They established a 'KiSS week', a week dedicated to numerous fundraising events to help them reach their goal of £10,000.
There was an event held every day, sparking a lively and exciting atmosphere throughout the school. The hallways were scattered with posters advertising various fundraisers, demonstrating the enthusiasm upheld by the school body. The highly anticipated week included Fancy Dress days, Leg Waxing, Teacher challenges, a 12 hour bounce and gunging senior member of staff, Mrs John.
The week ended on a successful NBS' Got Talent, hosted by Head teacher Declan Linnane. The evening saw over 250 people gather for the deserving cause to watch over 15 acts perform for their chance to be crowned Winner of Nicholas Breakspear's Got Talent 2015. The show had buzzers, fierce judges and even a live green room. After a tough vote, conducted by the audience, the singing duo Skeet and Francesca were crowned the winners, after performing their rendition of 'Almost is never enough'. They received a large cheque of £500 which they so generously donated to the charity.
Overall, the week was a huge success, with the team being able to achieve over half of their target for this years fundraising. They look forward to continuing this success throughout the christmas period and throughout the rest of the academic year and would like to thank all those who have supported them in their journey.
To support this great initiative see: www.justgiving.com/NBSstudentleaders