Purbrook pupils dig deep

From left, Maisy Fifield, Erin Long, Rita Pethick, Tim Smith, Julia De Luchi, Charlotte Belcher, Matthew Hughes, Robbie McPhail, Lola Doe and Tony Drudge. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143648-357)

From left, Maisy Fifield, Erin Long, Rita Pethick, Tim Smith, Julia De Luchi, Charlotte Belcher, Matthew Hughes, Robbie McPhail, Lola Doe and Tony Drudge. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143648-357)

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PUPILS at Purbrook Park School have shown their generosity by donating tinned food and toiletries to three charities.

Students built Christmas hampers and gave them to Step by Step, Waterlooville Food Bank and Stella’s Voice.

Patrick Quirke, lead teacher in ethics and philosophy at the school, wanted to encourage students to give something back to the community.

Mr Quirke said: ‘We want to show that we are a community school.

‘This is the first time the school has done anything like this and I am so proud of all the students.

‘Young people today are given a stereotype of not showing any interest in helping charities.

‘The volume of donations we received, has shown otherwise.’

Students showed their creativity by putting together gift packages, making Christmas trees, reindeer and Christmas puddings.

One Year 7 pupil, 11­-year-­old Julia Deluchi, made a giant Father Christmas and his sleigh.

She said: ‘It took a long time to make, it is a really nice feeling giving something to someone else.’

Year 11 student Matt Hughes, 15, added: ‘It is incredible knowing that all we have done can make a difference to someone.

‘We are just one school, so imagine what the overall donations these people are going to get will be.’

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