Since the news of the terrible disaster which affected northern Japan following the recent earthquake and tsunami, Simon Taylor, Japanese support teacher at Bradon Forest, has worked with pastoral staff in keeping close contact with their Japanese families and the Honda vehicle manufacturing facility to ensure that the school offered any support they could.
Bradon Forest has had a long association with numerous Japanese families who have sent their children to the school over the years Honda has been established in Swindon.
In response to the appeal a group of mothers worked with Simon and Japanese students to organise a lunch time sale on Friday 1 April to raise money for the Japanese Tsunami appeal.
Students helped run stalls during lunch times, selling individual pieces of sushi, Japanese sweets and small gifts. In addition to the students’ fantastic response to the sale, tutor group 8Z ran a cake stall, the Art department ran a lunchtime ‘Origami workshop’ which made items for sale, Year 10 organised a sponsored bike ride and there was a collection box, beautifully made by the Taniguchi family which was used for donations.
A pre-ordered Sushi lunchbox service was also run. The lunchboxes contained 6 different types of sushi, including salad and egg, tuna and sausage and a piece of karaage (Japanese fried chicken) for staff lunches. On the opening day for pre-orders the phenomenal response from staff meant that the order book was closed in a matter of a few hours.
Student and staff support was fantastic – the mothers were very complimentary about the manners and kindness of the students and they were absolutely amazed at much they raised.
By the end of Friday over £750 had been banked with more still to come. The final total is expected to top £800 which is a fantastic response to a lunch time charity event. In addition to the money raised, as the media move on to new stories, this event also further highlighted for their community the continuing effects of the terrible situation in Japan.
Pictured, right: Mrs Taniguchi, Mrs Yaoi and Mrs Takahashi with Japanese students at Bradon Forest