We are a volunteer group of parents and staff working as as a charity to support Christ Church Junior School, Downend, Bristol (or CCJ as we call it).
We help the school by fundraising, through events and inititatives, that bring our community together in support of our children.
CCJ has 300 children aged 7 - 11, of which 20% come from disadvantaged backgrounds and 12% have additional needs. It is a lovely school with a wide-ranging catchment around Downend, Staple Hill and Fishponds, along with a strong community ethos. In addition to the junior school children, the school is also used by Christ Church Infants school, Cubs, Scouts, Beavers and sports clubs.
It is estimated that least 400 children will be able to enjoy the clamberstack per year which is pretty awesome.
The Zieta has been selected to ensure accessibility to children who have mobility limitations or use wheelchairs, ensuring that every child in our care can benefit from the project.
Every year another 75 pupils join, meaning that over time this project will reach and impact many more children.
Why we're raising money
We're raising money for an exciting new wooden climbing frame (also known as a clamberstack)
The wonderful new clamber stack is called 'Zieta'. It is 91.5 square metres and has threenets. It is 1870mm high with a climbingwall of four vertical planks. Take a look at the photos in the gallery.
In 2019 the School Council surveyed all childen and asked what they wanted more of and they said 'more things to do/play on at playtimes'.
Instead of continuing to fund small but expensive parts to be replaced on the old equipment, we have decided to work with a local Clevedon based company called Signet Play to provide a brand-new clamber stack, which would be installed using far more modern techniques ensuring that it is durable, safe and lasts for many years.
The past year has been so tough for our children and they need some fun and something exciting to look forward to as they get back to normal.
We know that play has many benefits for our children, it helps with many things including developing social skills, increasing their self-esteem, improving their physical and mental health as well as promoting their imagination, independence and creativity.
Our target is £23,000 of which we have already raised £14,000. We hope that we can raise £9,000 before the end of 2022.
Thank you for reading this far and helping support our children.