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Our response to Ukraine

Our response to Ukraine
Kelly Radford

As events continue to unfold in the current humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, our students have stepped up to do what they can to show their support for those caught up in this terrible situation.

It began with some students working with Ms Kenison, Head of PSHE, to create a pillar of hope where students could write messages of hope and share their good wishes and prayers for the people of Ukraine.  The numbers of students wanting to write messages grew, until it was necessary to move the pillar and create eight pillars to accommodate all of the messages from students!

We then shared news with our families that we would be taking part in a global virtual vigil on Friday 4th March. The vigil gave us all time to stop, think and reflect on the current situation, especially about what we can do to help. A donation option was set up on ParentPay as we asked families to donate £2 if they were able to. However, the generosity of our families was staggering as we raised £1,900 in just five days. Linked to this effort our students started selling ribbons in the colours of the Ukrainian flag. In the space of three ours we raised £157.10  from the ribbons.

Finally, our students were asked to get involved and cycle 1 mile for International Women’s Day, with a target of 99.5 over the course of the day. This number represents the number of years it will take for us to reach true gender parity if we continue at the current rate of change. We have had huge numbers of students wanting to sign up and get sponsored to take part; and it has been agreed that this year the moneys raised should go towards supporting women and children refugees from Ukraine. We look forward to sharing with you the amount raised after the event on Friday 11th March.

Thank you to everyone who has shown their support and care over recent weeks. We are proud to be one Oasis family.