The Big Help Out

High School of Dundee pupils were delighted to be able to play their part in the Big Help Out!

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Yesterday, pupils in F1-F3 were out and about, visiting and volunteering with a number of charities and local causes and organisations, including Togs for Tots, Dundee Allotments, Barnardo’s, the Learning Tree, Nilupul Foundation, Transform, Maggie’s Dundee, Tealing Primary School, Marie Curie, Dundee Bairns and the Dundee Carers Centre.

In the afternoon, the School also welcomed around 50 pensioners to a Tea Party in Baxter Hall, which the pupils had specially decorated with help from the Art department. At the event, the pupils served tea, coffee, and homemade cakes which had been prepared in Health & Food Technology, and organised games of prize bingo.

Meanwhile, children in the Junior Years brought in items for donation to one of the 4 local charity shops - Oxfam, Barnardo’s, Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland and The British Red Cross – and, with a focus on kindness, giving and helping out, they had the chance to find out about their work.

They also marked the coronation with a number of themed activities, ranging from making tasty red, white and blue treats, planting one of the King’s favourite flowers (cornflowers), and learning a dance (‘I just can’t wait to be king’), to crown making and cake decorating. 

As part of The Big Help Out, the Nursery has also organised a collection for the Foodbank, which will run until the end of the week, and the Nursery staff were also delighted to welcome some Senior Years pupils, who joined in activities with the children.

A number of pupils who are involved in the Eco-Schools project, also used some of their time to work on nature initiatives at Mayfield.

Karlene Douglas, the School’s Charities and Community Outreach Coordinator, said, “The Big Help Out has been a real whole school effort to make a big difference in our local community.

“Our pupils have learned invaluable skills of empathy, community spiritedness and kindness and the lovely feedback from pensioners who attended our Tea Party has been heart-warming.”