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Jack Harman from Hutong Coffee shop - handing over community sourced IT equipment

There has long been a tradition at St George's that we visit Stonehouse Barracks for Christmas lunch in the run up to the festive break. We usually enjoy lunch served in the Officer's Mess and it's a real highlight for the children and staff. This year, due to Covid restrictions, we are unable to go into the barracks however the amazing team there worked with me to come up with a way of still having Christmas lunch with the Marines but in a Covid secure way. A plan for a field kitchen on site and teams of marines serving meals to our class 'bubbles' began to take shape. To see it all coming together today has been absolutely amazing! I truly believe that a school should be at the heart of the community it serves and the relationship between St George's and the local community is really going from strength to strength. We now have two members of the barracks staff on our Local Governing Board and we plan to involve the team in supporting reading in school as well as working with our Service Family children once Covid restrictions begin to ease. Today we also took receipt of a cheque from Stonehouse Barracks who raised money to cover the costs of our daily bagel cart for the rest of this academic year. The cost of this has been covered by Government funding from the sugar tax but this funding is due to end as of next month. This donation will mean that we can continue to offer every child in school breakfast each day free of charge. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make today a magical experience for the children and also for the generous charitable donation. We feel very blessed to work with such an amazing group of people.

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