School spreads comfort and joy with a reverse advent calendar

By Chris Cornford Dec 22, 2020

The children and the school community at St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School supported the Island Foodbank throughout Christmas – through a reverse advent calendar.
A reverse advent calendar turns the usual advent calendar on its head. Instead of opening the windows and taking out treats, each class took turns to donate food items for the Isle of Wight Foodbank.

Year 6 teacher, Kate Bakewell, said, “As a school we wanted to help local families and individuals who have fallen on hard times over the Christmas period. A reverse advent calendar was the perfect idea and the school community have been incredibly supportive.”

On the final day, Head Boy, Cian Smallwood-Butler, and Head Girl, Maddie Cox, supported by the deputies – Laurence McCraith and Ella Haydon – delivered the items to the Island Foodbank warehouse in Cowes, to ensure more families are supported over Christmas.

Hannah Jones, from the Island Foodbank, said, “We would like to thank all the families, children and staff at St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School for collecting and supporting us to continue to help those who find themselves in crisis.”