The students at St Bede's, who wanted to raise money for Syria, had the idea of holding a sleepover and Bible 'readathon' - which raised £1,358.51!
During the sleepover they read through the New Testament, each student taking a number of turns.
Teachers provided background information and various activities to add to the reading: watching DVDs, or crafting a prayer response using images of boots or doves.
A banner they designed is now hanging in the chaplaincy at St Bede’s. In addition to the money they raised during their 'readathon', they also collected £425 at their carol service for Christian Aid's Christmas Appeal.
A visit from Zeina Zakar
Our partner Zeina then visited St Bede’s to meet the chaplaincy reps and the children.
She led two presentation sessions, one with Years 7 and 8, and the other with years 9 and 10, where he explained her work in the refugee camp at Nahr el-Bared in Lebanon.
She showed pictures of the camps and answered many questions. The younger students were keen to do something, so they were given cards and they wrote greetings for Zeina to take back to the camps.
The school chaplain noted afterwards how moved the students had been by Zeina’s visit.
Well done everyone, and a very big 'Thank you' from Christian Aid!