Jessica Walukiewicz, Hannah Gravenor, Kiley Ng, Michaela Reeves, Laura Peach and Lucy Devlin
Pupils and staff at Test Valley School in Stockbridge have collected record numbers of shoeboxes filled with gifts to send to children around the world.
This year's campaign began in early October and pupils were asked to bring in small gifts to help fill the boxes. The annual appeal, organised by the charity Operation Christmas Child, was coordinated by the school's Charity Committee, a group of pupils who work to arrange events throughout the year. The school has supported Operation Christmas Child for a number of years, and after previous successful responses, they were determined to collect more boxes than ever before.
Both pupils and staff really got behind the campaign and the donations came flooding in. Gradually, over the weeks, the pile of boxes in the school began to grow and last Friday 147 were handed over to the charity - a new record for the school! The shoeboxes will now be distributed to disadvantaged children abroad who would perhaps not otherwise have received a Christmas present. The school's Charity Committee was delighted with the response this year and hopes to do just as well next year.