Being a Quaker Elder during Quaker Week this year has been an honour and has left us completely exhausted, but also really proud of everything that people have got involved with.
We began the week with an assembly about Quakerism and this year’s theme of 'Live Adventurously' (from Quaker advices and queries), Pete and Caroline also shared their experiences of living adventurously when they attended separate Quaker youth events earlier in the year. George and Miel joined in the assembly slot, learning the ropes ready for next year when they lead Quaker week.
The week was filled with activities. On Tuesday and Thursday we ran creativity activities in the library to promote a sense of community and got different year groups to learn new skills together. On Wednesday, house debates were held for Third Form to Upper Fifth and asked questions such as “should charity begin with the homeless?” and “should the voting age should be lowered to 16?” These were a great success and I wish I were young enough to have taken part. After school on Wednesday we ran the activity 'Piece for Peace' in which teams decorated cakes based on real world scenarios such as the work of charities in the current refugee crisis and the insecurity of being a child in a war zone. The cakes were then judged by none less than Mary Berry (printed on a cardboard) and served for lunch to the school the next day.
The inspiring and entertaining adventurer Leon McCarren visited us on Thursday for the annual Darwen Lecture, sharing with junior and senior students his story of how an ordinary person can achieve extraordinary things. Taking us on a journey by bike around the world and on foot through his favourite country, China.
Seeing everyone dressed up as their favourite book characters on Friday was great fun and characters ranged from a clan of Where’s Wallys to Sherlock and his Watson. The money raised on this day will be going to help fund an orphanage in Sierra Leone where children orphaned by the recent Ebola outbreak are being cared for, the funds we are providing will help them extend their work, to create a school in which they can teach the 40 orphaned children. We are really looking forward to connecting more with the orphanage in the future and have many ideas to keep this link strong.
Quaker Week was rounded off with an improvisation evening held in the Drama Department on Friday evening and featured a 'Great British Bake Off' musical as well as a blind date with George Fox. Donations from this evening are also being passed on to the Quaker Elders charitable cause which is the establishing of a school in Sierra Leone.
Thank you to everyone who got involved!!!
Caroline on behalf of Peter, George and Miel
The Quaker Elders