The Big-Sleep-Out 2020!
The St Simon Stock 6th form and prefect teams are delighted to announce that the annual ‘Big Sleep-Out’ is happening this year on the evening of Friday 13th March 2020 to once again raise money for Kent-based homeless charity Porchlight.
Today, year 12 students took part in an hour PDW session dedicated to sharing information about the event, hearing a presentation from Nathan Tough, the Porchlight representative for our school about how the money raised helps the charity’s work and discussed statistics and facts linked to the current crisis in homelessness in the UK. Over 80 students are currently signed up to spend the night on the concrete outside ‘S’ block to smash our total of just over £2,000 from last year.
While it is 6th formers who participate on the night, we want to give the whole school the chance to be involved in the awareness and fund-raising that will occur around the time of the sleep-out next term.
If you would like to donate to our Sleep-Out total, we have a page set up: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/StSimonStock where students can gather sponsorship and share the link to friends, family, employers etc.
As well as this, prefects will be collecting loose change on the morning of the 13th March in the lead up to the big event, so money can be donated then.
In the week leading up to the Sleep-Out, prefects and staff will be working across the school to raise awareness of the homeless issue. Details about these will be shared in year assemblies in the new term but these will include:
-Prefect presentations to assemblies/visits to forms years 7-11 (Friday 28th Feb-Thursday 5th March)
-Period 6 PDW sessions will be focused on the issue of homelessness, including the causes and the consequences.
– Tuck shop; ‘Guess the Number of Sweets in the Jar’; 6th form vs. staff basketball (Monday 9th-Friday 13th March) These will take place in the 6th form common room and the sports hall respectively.
-‘Wear Trainers’ day (Friday 13th March). This is for years 7-13. A twist on the ‘own clothes days’, this seeks to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless when it comes to access to new/clean clothes and footwear. Students will pay £1 to wear trainers to school rather than school shoes. The money will be collected on the morning of the event or can be given to prefects in advance when they visit forms.
-‘Wear it Purple’ (Friday 13th March). This is open to 6th form students only- as above, students will be encouraged to wear a purple element to their outfit on that day (or even a complete ensemble if they wish!) to raise awareness for the charity Porchlight, whose chosen colour is purple.
More details about this will be publicised by the prefects after half term.
We hope that you will help support us in our goal to make this year the most successful ever!
Yours sincerely, Miss Lockett