BHS pupils learn value of social responsibility and charity
A private school promoted social responsibility at a special event designed to highlight charitable work and the environment.
Bermuda High School ran its Round Square Day, the first since 2019, in line with the international Round Square group of schools’ ideals.
The event saw children in the secondary department take part in a day of activities based on the theme of “blue skies, brave conversations”.
Linda Parker, the head of school, said: “Over the last two years our students have missed out on so much, and Round Square Day gave us a glimpse of what we hope are many more dynamic and engaging days ahead.
“Being the only global Round Square member School in Bermuda gives our students access to incredible opportunities, many of which have been on hold during the pandemic.”
Pupils from Year 7 to the final year were involved in morning discussions in their year groups about topics that included social media and social equality at the event, held last Wednesday.
Year 7 pupils made soup with vegetables donated by wholesaler Butterfield & Vallis for the Salvation Army.
Year 9 pupils created food hampers from non-perishable items collected throughout the school term and gave them to several charities, including the Eliza DoLittle Society and the St Vincent de Paul Society.
Year 8 schoolgirls built and sold bluebird houses and pupils in Year 12 held a car and bike wash.
The cash raised from the events, as well as from a grub day themed on the blue and yellow colours of the Ukrainian flag, will go towards relief efforts in the war-torn country.
Year 13 pupils also completed two “legacy projects”, which will become a school tradition.
The pupils designed and painted a class mural and also painted two flower pots that will go to the school’s Year 7 class and early years programme.
The classes will plant the flower pots with trees and care for them over the next six years.
The trees will be planted and the pots will be passed on to the next Year 7 and early years programme classes.
Youngsters also took part in work such as beach clean-ups and the donation of baked goods to neighbours and charities.
Some pupils volunteered at other organisations, including as a teacher’s aide at Lagoon Park Preschool and helping at a musical therapy session at charity Action on Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Candidates for the 2022/23 Student Leadership Team also delivered gave their candidacy speeches on a virtual basis, with pupils and teachers casting their votes.
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