Once again Papplewick boys have made a remarkable effort in their contribution to the Operation Christmas Child appeal, organised by charity Samaritan’s Purse.  Over one hundred shoeboxes have been filled with goodies so far in the appeal – many more than last year.

The boys know through videos and presentations at school how much African schoolchildren enjoy receiving their donations, which include Lego, toy cars, pens, balls, cuddly toys, puzzles, hats, socks, soap and games.

Headmaster Tom Bunbury said: “This was a fantastic effort by both boys and their parents – a record year! Hopefully we can continue to exceed our targets for Operation Shoebox in the future. It’s particularly relevant for us to be focusing on giving to such a worthy cause especially in light of the fact that for many children their shoebox may be the first gift they have ever received.”

Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project.  Samaritan’s Purse has been sending gift-filled shoeboxes around the world since 1990, to over 94 million underprivileged children. The appeal has grown to be the largest Christmas shoebox appeal in the UK. 

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About Papplewick


Papplewick is a day, weekly, and full boarding preparatory school for around 200 boys between the ages of 6 and 13. Situated in 15 acres of land opposite Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire, Papplewick has an excellent record for academic achievement and feeds many of the UKs top independent senior schools including Eton, Harrow, Winchester, Wellington, Stowe and Bradfield.

In the last two years the school has maintained its academic record, gaining no less than 22 awards to top independent schools, including a King’s Scholarship to Eton. Through its strong commitment to sports, the school also builds skills of teamwork, sportsmanship and responsibility.

As well as academic, sporting and cultural excellence, Papplewick aims to provide boys with the confidence and security they need to fulfil their potential, and the school strives to promote enthusiasm for life, contribution to the community and kindness to others amongst all its pupils.

A recent (2013) report by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) remarks that relationships between pupils and teachers are an outstanding strength of the school and are seminal in creating the strong sense of a mutually supportive and trusting community.