LVS Oxford students are used to learning skills that will help them to live independently as adults, and put that to good use in late March when planning Red Nose Day activities that raised a record amount for the charity appeal. The achievement also saw Head of Sixth Form Sam Hewson action his promise to shave his head at assembly if fundraising topped £300.
Students and staff were invited to donate to charity to wear red which got everyone into the spirit of the day, for which the sixth formers took charge and transformed the school into Red Nose Day extravaganza with activities including face painting, a car wash service for staff, a cake sale and and the grand finale, an action packed students v staff football match. Despite a narrow 1-0 defeat, the match provided a great opportunity to encourage the autistic students – who often have difficulty in social situations – to communicate with each other and work as a team.
During the afternoon, all the donations and pledges were counted up and by 2pm Head of School Louisa Allison-Bergin announced that the school had smashed the £300 fundraising target and Head of Sixth Form Sam Hewson was going to have to have a dramatic hair cut in assembly.
Sam said: “I was totally bowled over by how much money we raised. The students put a huge amount of effort into organising the activities so I was happy to fulfil my head shave pledge and the students’ faces were an absolute picture when the clippers whirred into action. The school’s contribution is fantastic news for the Red Nose Day appeal, and being part of it has enabled us to raise awareness of these issues with our students who were really engaged in helping the appeal this year. Helping students to become independent is one of the key areas of their development so it was great to give them the responsibility of arranging the day, and they passed with flying colours”.
Many of the tasks the students undertake will help build competencies in citizenship, relating to others, managing situations and working as part of a team - all key to being fulfilled and employable adults.