Youngsters at Isambard put a huge effort into quickly responding to a charity appeal to help survivors of Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines on 9 November.
Within days of the disaster graphic arts teacher Marie Stacey made contact with Bath based Mercy in Action after searching for projects which students could get involved with on a practical level.
She discovered the charity was asking for shoeboxes of dried food, toiletries, stationery, gifts and toys, candles and a greeting card.
“It seemed right that Isambard pupils could step up and help,” said Marie.
“They do a great deal for charities through their houses but I gained permission to organise an emergency charity collection and presented the idea in an assembly on 19 November.
“There has been an incredible response; within a week we had 105 shoeboxes ready to send. I’m incredibly proud of the students, parents and staff who have really pulled together in such a short time.”
Teams of students helped to pack items and label the boxes over two lunch breaks so that they could be transported to the central collection point in Bath before being shipped to the Philippines on 29 November.
Isambard head girl Beka Tarry said: “I really wasn’t expecting such a great turnout; everybody has been really enthusiastic about helping.”
Head boy Jake Dodwell added: “We do a lot of charity fundraising at Isambard and I think many people were moved by what happened in the Philippines and wanted to do something to help".