GRH News

Published
23.09.2021

Throughout the year GRH staff celebrate a range of key dates in the calendar and choose 3 charitable causes to support throughout the year.

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With the COVID-19 outbreak, our usual routine at the hospital was considerably different and all staff had to be flexible and embrace new challenges with every government update to keep children and staff safe yet motivated and inspired.

GRH supported nurses in their celebration of the 72nd anniversary of the NHS on July by making paper nurses’ hats and getting children to make thank you cards for the medical staff to express their appreciation for all the hard work that they do, especially as a result of COVID-19.

The NHS Anniversary Day was celebrated in conjunction with a day when awareness of brain tumours was a focus. Everyone wearing a nurses’ hat paid £1 for the privilege and this money went to a brain tumour charity.

Pupils designed gardens suitable for attracting bees and entered the competition which was an inspiration from BBC radio 2.

This focus was linked to the School Room cross-curricular theme of the Natural World and how to make the most of our environment for all living things.

We also released Painted Lady butterflies in to the grounds of GRH after studying their development and observing their metamorphosis.

Food technology had been on hold during lockdown but we were able to re-introduce this aspect of DT in June 2021 and students followed a variety of recipes producing tasty cheese scones among other things. It is great to have this back on the timetable as our pupils really enjoy it and gain enormous satisfaction from this hands-on practical subject.

COVID-19 inspired us to make contact with Magdalene House which is a care home close to GRH, to see if any of the residents would like to become pen pals with our pupils in hospital. Children and young people in GRH wrote to a selection of ladies and gentlemen living in care at Magdalene House and received letters back from their pen pals who were thrilled to be able to interact by post with our pupils. Both senders and receivers of the letters found the postal exchange rewarding.

We continued our close relationship with the charity Read for Good. They very kindly funded the core KS1 Books for our new Reading Bingo Cards and also provided a box of books as prizes for completion of the cards. In addition, one book will be gifted to a child in the Food Bank programme or in GRH.

We also continued to work alongside The Everyman to complete Discover Arts Awards with pupils in the School Room. This will begin again in September 2021 and we will follow the ‘Discover at Home’ plan.

Here is the PAT dog Pippa who has resumed her visiting to the ward. The patients generally welcome ‘Pets As Therapy’ (PAT) dogs to the ward and enjoy patting them, and rewarding them with treats.

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