At Westmeads we are really proud of the work that we do for local, national and international charities. Each term we support something different either because it has directly affected our school community or because there is a national crisis or need for funds.
We also have an ongoing association with the charity ZANE, (Zimbabwe a National Emergency) and have funded 2 operations for children born with club foot; an outdoor classroom and nutritious food to help sustain children on their long walk to school.
Pilgrims Hospices Fun Run
The children and staff took part in a fun run/walk on the 10th May (2019) to raise funds for the Pilgrims Hospices. We are delighted to tell you that we have raised an amazing £2,489 for this great charity.
Thank you to all those who supported the charity event and to those who took part. The children all showed amazing perseverance during their run. Please see below some photos of the event.
Comic Relief 2019
Well done to everyone who came into school on the 15th March (2019) with a 'hilarious head' and gave a donation to Comic Relief. The staff and children all looked, well, 'hilarious'! See photos below of the fun day.
We also enjoyed a special assembly where the children told their favourite jokes.
We are pleased to inform you that we raised: £137.33 for this great charity.
ZANE - Zimbabwe a National Emergency
Thank you to the children and staff for dressing up to raise funds for the charity ZANE. The total raised was £154.80.
Thank you to all those who bought poppies over the last few weeks. Our school has managed to raise £166.86 for this wonderful cause.
Children in Need 2018
The children wore pyjamas on Friday, 16th November to raise money for Children in Need. This year we have also held a book sale to raise money for this charity. We raised the fantastic amount of £276.20. Thank you for your wonderful support in raising this amount.
'Pounds for Porchlight'
A member of Porchlight joined our school assembly in September to tell the children about their charity and how they could help to support the work that Porchlight do with homeless people. The children were asked to decorate a 'Porchlight' house and undertake chores around the house to earn money for 'Pounds for Porchlight'.
We displayed all the wonderfully decorated Porchlight houses as part of our Harvest Assembly on the 5th October. The children have raised a wonderful £554.90, which will help the homeless people in our local area.
Thank you to our school community for their help and support.
Sport Relief 2018
The school has supported Sport Relief in Term 4, as well as raising funds towards purchasing an outdoor classroom for our woodland area. The children were asked to wear sports clothing to school and took part in activities including shuttle runs, speed ball bounce, spotty dogs, step-ups on a bench and bean bag toss and catch.
We have raised an amazing £1,303.00, a proportion of which will go to Sport Relief. Thank you so much for your generosity towards this charity and our latest project. Photos of the activities that the children took part in are below.
Children in Need 2017
We all had fun having a crazy hair day in school for Children in Need. Please see the photos below of some of the crazy hairstyles that the children (and teaching staff) had.
Thank you for your generous donations. We raised the fantastic total of £229.43 for this great charity.
Poppy Appeal 2017
A big thank you to all of you who supported the Poppy Appeal by buying poppies, wristbands and reflective poppies. You have helped the school raise an amazing £179.50 for this worthwhile cause. Thank you.
Harvest Collection for Canterbury/Whitstable Food Bank
It was wonderful to see each class celebrating ‘Harvest’ last Friday by presenting information, singing songs and bringing in food donations for the Canterbury Food bank. Thank you for your kind donations and generosity.
Race for Life 2017
Well done to all the pupils who took part in the race on Wednesday. They all had a great time and also helped to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
The total raised so far is an amazing £4,112.57. Thank you so much for your generosity.
If you have any family or friends who still wish to give to this good cause please go to:
Thank you for supporting the children in this good cause.
Comic Relief 2017
In aid of Red Nose Day, the children had a 'red' day, where they could dress in red clothes, have red hair or a red face in exchange for a donation to Comic Relief. There was also a joke-telling competition and the funniest jokes from each class were celebrated in a special assembly. Thank you for all your donations, which raised a superb £161.43.
Bring and Buy Sale for
ZANE (Zimbabwe: a National Emergency)
Thank you to everyone for making the Bring and Buy sale held on the 10th March a great success with all your donations. The children had great fun selecting 'new' toys to play with and managed to raise a fantastic £203.96. The money raised will be used to provide exercise books, pens, pencils, jigsaws and memory games for a new pop-up classroom in Zimbabwe townships for disadvantaged children.
Children in Need 2016
Thank you for all of your kind donations to the Children in Need fundraising campaign recently. The response to the Pyjama day was fantastic and raised £240.03 and it was great to see parents also taking part with their Pyjama Race that raised £60.48! Together we raised a fantastic £300.51 to help children in the UK and abroad. Well done!
Further photos of the day can be found in the Herne Bay Times on page 12 or by clicking here to access their website.
Remembrance Day 2016
Well done to all of our Year 2 children, who walked to the memorial at Whitstable library to show their respect for Remembrance Day. The children joined in with other local schools for the service and represented the school very well.
Thank you to those who bought poppies at the school in memory of those who had fought and died in the wars around the world. We raised £40.32 to support the work of the Royal British Legion. Thank you for your support.
A big thank you to all of the children, who, with their adults' support, joined in our Harvest challenge for the Whitstable Umbrella Centre. A visitor from the Whitstable Umbrella Centre joined an assembly to see all the wonderful umbrella pictures the children had coloured in and to thank them for their great efforts in raising money for the charity. 115 of the children took part in the challenge; 63.8% of the school!
The final total collected for the Whitstable Umbrella Centre is: £532.17.
Well done everyone!!
Sport Relief 2016
Thank you to the children for dressing up in sportswear and taking part in sporting challenges to raise money for fantastic causes for Sports Relief. Together we raised an amazing £249.81. Thank you.
Photos of the pupils undertaking their challenges can be found on the Whitstable Times website by clicking here.
Some of our pupils completed their own challenges.
Harry in Purple Class ran a fantastic 3 miles to raise money for Sport Relief.
Sid from Red Class and his dad swam 60 lengths in a Swimathon. Their time was 46 minutes, 44 seconds. Sid swam 20 of those lengths (500m) and together they raised a wonderful £230 for Sport Relief.
Parents gave very generously for the aid for Calais on 10th March 2016, which was arranged by one of our parents, Nancy Clark. Thank you.
On the 4th December 2015, the children took part in Bobble Hat Day to raise money for the NSPCC and ChildLine. The children wore their funniest festive or favourite bobble hats for the day and raised a fantastic £148.07. Well done everyone, you looked great!
Children in Need 2015
This year to raise money for Children in Need the School Council decided that they would like to organise a Bring and Buy Sale. All of the children brought in their unwanted toys and books. Each class had an opportunity to visit the sale and bought some lovely 'new' toys and books to play with at home.
The sale raised an amazing £315.94 to help children in this country and in Africa. Well done everybody!
Some people also chose to paint their faces like a teddy bear, some even turned themselves into Pudsey!
Pennies for Porchlight
This Harvest Time, the children did a brilliant job of decorating their Pennies for Porchlight houses as well as filling them with lots of pennies for charity. All the children helped out at home in exchange for the pennies. The final total was a magnificent £692.92! Thank you to everyone who contributed.
Thank you to everyone who donated a coin for our Nepalese appeal. We easily managed to spell out the word 'Nepal'. All money raised from this and from the FOW cake sale at the end of this term will be sent to the UNICEF charity raising money for those affected by the recent earthquakes.
Marie Curie Cancer Care
The children of Westmeads decorated pots of daffodil bulbs and sold them to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. They also planted some around the school grounds for everyone to enjoy! Thank you for all your donations. There are a limited number of daffodil pins for sale in the school office, a donation of 50p or £1 each will go to Marie Curie.
Reception Year Raise money for our local Lifeboat Station
Following their recent visit to the lifeboat station in Whitstable, reception year children were inspired to raise money for the lifeboat station themselves. There is now a charity lifeboat in the school hall outside the reception year classes for you to make donations. Well done Orange and Yellow class. Thank you.
Table Top sale raises money for Great Ormond Street
Congratulations to both Josh and Nancy who raised an amazing £30 at their table top sale for Great Ormond Street. They sold their unwanted books and toys to raise the funds for this worthy cause.
Cake Sale for Breast Cancer Research
On the 4th of August Amelie and her sister had a cake sale outside their home and raised an amazing £83 for breast cancer research. Well done girls!
Children in Need 2014
The School Council voted for us all to dress up as Superheroes for the day to raise money for Children in Need. We had fun taking part in superhero challenges and raised lots of money at the same time. Well done everyone!