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At Woodlands, we encourage our pupils to develop interests outside of the classroom; we want our children to be passionate about things they believe in, be it cutting down the amount of plastic swamping our oceans or raising awareness of habitat loss due to palm oil plantations. We love it when children want to share their hobbies & passions with us – we had a brilliant Taekwondo demonstration (to both infants & juniors) from one of Y6 pupils earlier this school year.


When we returned from the Christmas break, Lucie, one of our Y6 pupils, handed me a letter. In it she explained how she had been following the news of the devastating bush fires in Australia with her family. They were horrified at the damage to communities, habitats & wildlife.  Lucie asked if we could raise money for a charity that is trying to help the koalas caught up in these fires: Port Macquarie Koala Hospital. This charity is funding automatic drinking stations in New South Wales which will help koalas & other wildlife survive. They are also developing a Wild Koala Breeding Program to help re-establish wild koala populations in NSW.


Lucie’s idea was to hold a special event in school: children could bring in a cuddly toy for the day & donate £1 to the koala hospital’s appeal - we thought this was a great idea!


We held this event today & all the children brought in a soft toy to school for the day – along with their donation of £1. So far we have raised over £410 - well done Lucie, we are so proud of you! We are also impressed with the amount of children who have been able to talk knowledgeably about the consequences of the Australian bush fires - it's good to know that our children are passionate about what's happening in our world.


Below are links to the Go Fund Me page which school will pass on any money raised to & Port Macquarie Koala Hospital: