Charities Commission

The School supports a number of local, national and international charities and community service projects. Fund raising events last year included: the Lower School Disco, Shoe Boxes for Romania Appeal, Christmas and Easter Week stalls, Battle of the Bands, Pancake competitions, a Dodgeball Tournament, a Toy Appeal Fun Run, a Fun Run for Guide Dogs, Staff vs Students Would I lie to you?, Mr and Mrs and various Krispy Kreme sales, raising just under £30,000.

The Commission supports national campaigns such as Children in Need Day, Sports Relief and Comic Relief, as well as local charities, for example: Naomi House, New Forest Nightstop, Hamble Lifeboat, Solent Mind and Wessex Cancer Trust. Throughout the year students are always encouraged to put forward new ideas and one such project last year was Doodle Day which raised awareness of diabetes.

Charities supported by the school have included: Walking with the Wounded, Romania Shoe Boxes, Macmillan Cancer, Christian Aid, Downs Syndrome, Children in Need , Cancer Research UK, Make a Wish, Lucy’s Day out, Naomi House, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Trussell Trust Charity, Wessex Heartbeat, Southampton Voluntary Services Charity, Southampton City Mission, Genetic Disorders, SAFA, and Over the Wall. Some of these we regularly support and others are suggested by pupils who have associations.

There are several ongoing Community Service projects in the school which are also supported by fundraising. These include Fairbridge, Hospital visiting, The Shirley Reading Scheme, An annual Summer Camp for young carers and the Goedgedacht Project in South Africa, where £10,000 has been committed to fund a youth worker for the year.

In addition to fund raising, the Charities Commission has also organised and run whole school awareness days, for example for mental health, cancer and epilepsy.

Both the Lower and Upper School Charities Commissions work extremely hard throughout the year to ensure that all the events are carefully planned and successfully run and an impressive £29,000 was raised last year. This is only possible through the hard work and dedication of the volunteers and the tremendous support of the whole school community. If you are interested in joining us, the Lower School Charities Commission meets every Tuesday lunchtime and is open to all First to Fourth Year students. The Upper School Charities Commission meets every Tuesday and is open to members of the Fifth Year and Sixth Form. New volunteers are always welcome.

For further information please contact Miss Enfield