Mitzvah Day is a charity that encourages social action in communities, inspired by Jewish beliefs of charity (tzedakah) and acts of kindness (gemilut chasadim).
Where did Mitzvah Day come from?
A ‘mitzvah’ in Hebrew means a good deed, and encompasses acts of service, volunteering and looking after the world around us. Every year in November, the charity hosts a ‘Mitzvah Day’, where they encourage as many people as possible, of all ages, to give back to those around them. Mitzvah Day encourages us to think about what we can do by giving our time to others, instead of our money. The aim is to make a difference to the local community around us.
What did we do at HTSS?
We feel that this is a shared belief that we, as a school, highly value. We wanted the children to be able to experience our Christian value of Service, by giving them the opportunity to give back, as well as take part in interfaith work. This year, Holy Trinity and St Silas will be taking part in Mitzvah Day for the first time! In our school, this will mean group service projects in all aspects of the community. Each class will have a chance to interact with different faiths and various parts of our community, giving their time not money to make a difference.
Whole School Assembly
Food Bank Collection for Chalk Farm Food Bank
Reception made well-being bags for some people in our congregation at St Silas. They used recyclable materials to make the bags and made Christmas cards which were delivered.
Year 1 invited members of Castlehaven Age Active to a tea party. They played their musical instruments, sang songs and made cards, bookmarks and friendship bracelets with the members.
Year 2 went to Maitland Park and sang songs and read their writing to the residents. A fun time had by all!
Year 3 and Year 4
Year 3 and Year 4 went to Ash Court to read their poems about Remembrance day. They asked questions to the residents to find out more about their lives.
Year 5 raised £169 in their bake sale a couple of weeks ago to buy and make ‘Show you care kits’ for the homeless. Year 5 made excel cost sheets to work out how much they could by with their money. Six lucky children got to go shopping with Ms Dolan and then in class they assembled everything together.
Year 6 got to visit Ester Randell Court. They took their instruments and put on a wonderful show!