Pupils of all ages are encouraged to have an awareness of the wider community, and, through charity fundraising and voluntary service, appreciate the impact that they can have on the lives of others. As a result, students leave us with the skills and experience to make a difference to the community and wider community around them.
Throughout the year, we support a wide range of charities. Often we respond to a charity that has a particular significance to us as a school and at other times we respond to disasters or issues which are occurring at a national or global level.
We are also keen to connect with our local community and a significant number of students and staff give their time generously as volunteers, sometimes on a one-off basis but more often on a regular basis, for example volunteering in a charity shop or in a local drop-in centre.
Over the past few years, the school has run the following charity fundraising intitiatives:
- Jeans for Genes - annual mufti day and fun interactive assembly every September
- In 2019, the school put on a concert in aid of the charity Brass for Africa
- Harvest Festival - food donations are collected and given to local charity Horsham Matters for distribution each autumn
- Every December, Farlington pupils collect and deliver wrapped boxes of chocolates to the elderly and those in need in our local community
- The annual Farlington Carol Concert at St Mary's Church in Horsham raises money for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices (formerly known as CHASE)
- Each year, groups of Year 9 students fundraise for Chestnut Tree House, a local hospice that provides respite care for families of children with terminal conditions
In addition to these fundraising activities, each summer Farlington runs a whole-school charity event. In 2019 we undertook a 12-hour cycle, bringing the exercise bikes from our gym and placing them at the top of the drive. Students, staff and parents all jumped on a bike to help keep them going for 12 hours - this was a fun event which involved the whole school community, and - most importantly - raised around £2,000 for Cancer Research UK.
Plans for summer charity events in 2020 and 2021 were put on hold due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but rest assured, as soon as we are able to we will revisit our charity fundraising initiatives.