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.
This year, the School has run the following charity fundraising intitiatives:
- Jeans for Genes in September - annual mufti day and fun interactive assembly
- Autumn concert - folllowing a very interesting Vive lecture from Crispian Steele-Perkins, the school put on "Brass for Africa"
- Our Harvest Festival collected food donations for Horsham Matters
- Every December, pupils collect and deliver wrapped boxes of chocolates to the elderly and those in need in our local community
- The annual Carol Concert raises money for CHASE
- Groups of Year 9 students fundraised for Chestnut Tree House, a local charity that provides respite care for local families who have children with terminal conditions.
- This year, Prep 5 and Year 10 have been raising money for Australian wildlife by running cake sales in January
- Geography students raised money for a Fairtrade charity through cake and cookie sales in February
- In April, the Prep and Year 7 pupils are raising money through various activities (film club, cake sale and themed Mufti day) for the Born Free Foundation
Each summer, the School runs a whole school charity event. In 2019 we undertook a 12 hour cycle; we brought the exercise bikes from our gym and placed 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 £2000 for Cancer Research UK. Plans for a Summer 2020 event are under review due to the current school closures, but rest assured, as soon as we are able, we will revisit our charity fundraising initiatives.