Poverty Awareness Week

The Junior School raises £7,318.82 for Charity as part of Poverty Awareness Week.

Mrs Duncan, PT Curriculum Enhancement shared the following:

“The Junior School pupils took part in a new initiative this year as part of our annual Financial Focus. Poverty Awareness Week was an opportunity for pupils to learn more about the causes of poverty (both locally and globally) and how poverty impacts on the rights of the people affected. As well as Social Studies lessons looking at wants vs needs, homelessness and Fairtrade, pupils took part in Maths lessons to learn about budgeting, planning for the future and the challenges of living on minimum wage.

Upper Primary pupils had a virtual visit from the CEO of a local Social Enterprise Invisible Cities and learned more about how these types of businesses are run.

Pupils also took part in a number of fundraising activities to raise money for various charities who work to end poverty and had the opportunity to take part in the “In My Shoes” sponsored challenge which involved wearing their shoes for 48hours without removing them to highlight the plight of rough sleepers.

Finally, the Junior School demonstrated their commitment to “distributing cheerfullie” by donating a staggering 880kg of food and toiletries to a local Edinburgh Food Bank – it was a huge privilege to witness the generosity of the Heriot’s community.”

The ‘In my shoes’ sponsored challenge raised £2,616 and is being split between Invisible Cities and the Grassmarket Community Project.

The Individual and Class fundraising raised £4702.82 –  going to various poverty charities as chosen by the pupils – The Rock Trust, Save the Children and Unicef to name just a few.