Image showing Thorton College Reception children helping the community for St Claudine Day

St Claudine Day of Celebration at Thornton College

Thornton students were inspired by the story of St Claudine, to engage in a full day of Service supporting many local organisations. At the same time they raised thousands of pounds, and helped hundreds of people in our community.

by Thorton College

Our students did a range of activities to help:

  • Year 13 students collected toiletries and managed to create and deliver 42 hampers to MK Act. This is a local refuge for women affected by domestic abuse.
  • Sporty Years 10 and 11 students took part in a 10-mile sponsored walk. They raised over £1,000 for MK Night Shelter.
  • Students from Years 8 and 9 made 100 felt donkeys. They then sent them to The Donkey Sanctuary for them to sell in their shop and raise money.  In addition, Year 9 students also took part in litter picking, cleaning duties, designed and made service windows. They also wrote contact letters to elderly members in our community and washed staff cars for donations!
  • Year 7 students recycled crisp packets to make blankets to donate to the local homeless shelter.
  • Climate aware Years 5 and 6 students worked throughout the day on projects to benefit our environment. The projects included hedgehog tunnels, recycled fashion and reducing food waste posters.
  • Years 3 and 4 made tray mats and light catchers for residents at Willen Hospice, our chosen partner charity this year.
  • Creative Years 1 and 2 concentrated on the theme of peace and made thumb dove art pieces for wall displays.

Shauna Murphy, Head of RE and Chaplaincy said:

“Seeing the students fully embrace the ethos of the school, while serving others was an inspiration.  It was a unique day to be able to see both students and staff working alongside one another with a common goal in mind, one which embodies the ethos of Thornton College.  It is a way in which our young people can fully embrace the relevance that St Claudine still has for our community today, and a reminder of how her story and actions continue to influence us”.

The whole day was a fantastic experience for all students.  As a school community, we are proud to dedicate a day to make a real, tangible, positive impact in our local environment and community in memory of St Claudine.

St Claudine Day Video Link:

Take a look at the St Claudine day video showing the excellent work of the children

The History of St Claudine

In the early 19th century a young French woman who lost her family in the bloodshed and upheaval of the French Revolution, turned her attention away from her own grief toward the needs of orphaned girls on the streets of Lyon. She rescued, fed, clothed and educated those that she found so that they could live in safety within a family environment. Members of the group of Religious Sisters that St Claudine started came to England 100 years later. At this point they founded Thornton College.

Thornton College is an Independent Catholic boarding and day school for girls and is situated between Milton Keynes and Buckingham. It is the most successful non-selective school in the area and educates girls aged 3 to 18 years.  Thornton currently has around 430 students including international borders.

About Thornton School

Thornton is a Catholic school with a strong ethos and values – girls from all faiths and none are welcome.  Thornton is a school family where students learn and grow together, respecting the value of each other, regardless of background.  Thornton’s school Mission Statement is:

“We aim to educate our girls to meet the challenges of life courageously, to use their talents to the full and to live the values of Christ’s Gospel”.

Combining these three aims with excellence in education, committed and competent staff and the wonderful environment Thornton offers it really is a special place for teaching and learning.

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