Each year all our pupils help raise money for charity and many are directly involved in community service. We feel it is important that young people enjoying a privileged education are mindful of those less fortunate. At the same time charity work helps create a caring attitude and a sense of responsibility for others.
In response to the BBC Children in Need Appeal, pupils in the Sixth Form organise a whole week of fund raising each November. Bouncy boxing competitions, cake sales during morning break, penny trails and non uniform days, have all featured. The highlight is always the end of week evening show, often including an ‘X Factor Finale’ alongside staff being gunged and a host of other acts. Over £20,000 has been raised for the appeal during the last three years.
Our annual Christmas 'Shoebox' appeal is another regular fundraising event, which gives our students the opportunity to think about others who are less fortunate than themselves.
The School have, for many years, been involved in various 'World Challenge' charity projects around the world. From 2013 onwards we wil be running these projects ourselves rather than going through a third-party organisation. We have established links with a community in Mwanza, Tanzania, and the school there - Gedeli School. Each year a group of Year 12 students will visit the area and undertake a project aimed at improving facilities and the lives of those who live in the local community. In 2013, the project was a refurbishment of classrooms Gedeli School, and the provision of much needed sports equipment and text books. The 2014 project will involve building a new classroom and bringing water into the School for the first time ever! Each Year 12 student who is involved is required to raise their own funds for travel and accommodation, and in addition the School need to raise £5000 annually to fund the project. This is a huge undertaking and requires a great deal of organisation, but it will make a huge difference to the lives of people in Mwanza. Follow the progess of the Tanzania Project on our blog dgstanzania.wordpress.com.
Meanwhile service in the community is an ingredient of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, involving all pupils at Bronze level and many at Silver and Gold. Gap Force and World Challenge trips to countries such as Ecuador and Ghana have given pupils from Year 11 and above opportunities to take part in exciting overseas charity projects.
In addition, other Sixth Form pupils (particular those wanting to study medicine) regularly undertake voluntary work overseas, and are actively encouraged and supported by the School.