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Jingling all the way…to support others

December 12, 2017
Ballard attend Lymington Santa Dash 2017

Jingling all the way…to support others

In a recent RS assessment for Y8 there was a question as follows:

Name a charity or organisation that works to help those suffering around the world.

I was amazed – perhaps humbled would be a better word – to see some responses which named ‘Ballard School’ as just such a charity. Some answers were: ‘Ballard’s Kenya charity’ whilst others wrote, ‘the charity we support at school for the shoeboxes’ or ‘where we are helping the hurricane-damaged families’.

Charity and Ballard – Autumn Term 2017

This is clearly a season of ‘jingle bells’ (not least in the snow-wracked parts of the UK) and last week we had our Christmas jumper home clothes’ day with reindeers and wacky lights and bells much in evidence.

Ballard Christmas jumper day 2017

The ‘jingling’ I had in mind, however, were the coins (and notes) given so generously by pupils and families over the course of this term. One Y5 pupil gave all of her pocket money to support the Honeypot charity (assisting young carers) whilst on a Ballard Family scale we have seen unprecedented levels of giving towards good causes at home and overseas:

Charity hurricane Irma Flood fundraising

  • the post-Hurricane Irma appeal for the Caribbean
  • the Poppy Appeal at Remembrance
  • over 130 Christmas shoe boxes for Samaritan’s Purse
  • Christmas Shoe boxes 2017
  • The New Forest Basics’ Bank at Harvest time
  • Our four House charities underway
  • ‘Clothes for Calais’ going out this holiday with staff members
  • presents for needy children donated at the Carol Service
  • Movember for men’s mental health (supported by moustache-growing colleagues);
  • the ‘Santa Dash’ – and the ‘light a life service’ – for Oakhaven Hospice;
  • and, of course, our own ‘Kenya 2019’, to name but the principal ones supported.


It was also super to see a photo in the local ‘paper of three of our parents and their on-going generous support for Naomi House & JacksPlace.

I simply want to say ‘thank you’ to everyone for giving so generously. We probably remember the 2011 John Lewis advert (‘The Long Wait’) of the child who can’t wait for Christmas day – in order to give his parents their present. It’s true so say that ‘it’s in giving that we receive’ and there’s never a more pertinent time to do just that!

Happy Christmas everyone – thanks for your generosity – and continue keep putting others first into the New Year!

Every blessing for 2018,

Alastair Reid (Headmaster)

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Ballard School is an independent, private co-educational school in New Milton, Hampshire, providing an outstanding level of education for nursery to GCSE. With small class sizes and proven academic excellence, we strive to nurture the academic potential of all students. Learn more about our academic programmes, pastoral care, facilities and school ethos by visiting our website or by requesting a prospectus here.

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  1. December 13, 2017 7:36 am

    And don’t forget a little plug for Mr Shaylor’s recent fundraising and voluntary teaching in Guadalupe, Cebu City, Philippines. 🇵🇭 😊

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