Community Service is something we take very seriously. It is embedded within our curriculum and our extra-curricular activities. We strive to ensure that we carry out sustainable community service that involves active student participation. We support local, national and international communities.
Each of our Primary year groups has a community service partner with whom they work regularly. This involves not only fundraising activities, but also visits and active participation. In the Secondary School, our Community Service Programme is run through the PSHE curriculum, with each year group working with a different community partner. An area of development is the incorporation of Community Service into our academic subjects.
Examples of our partners are the Pet Animal Welfare Society and The Blind School. Our partners work to help improve the lives of animals, children, the elderly, the impoverished and also our environment.
We support our community service partners through extra-curricular activities. We offer service clubs to our students, enabling them to work with charities such as Operation Smile. We also offer a range of environmental clubs. The Eco-Schools Committee plans and runs projects to improve our school and local environment and the Eco-Enterprise club makes eco products to sell on regular market days. The students have developed their own gardens and grow their own vegetables to sell and raise funds for good causes.
Leadership is another valuable way that students can offer a service in our school community and many of our students become School Prefects in the Sixth Form, or Year 6 Leaders in Primary. We have representative Primary and Secondary Student Councils who meet regularly to discuss and act upon key student issues.
Our Community Service Committee meets regularly to liaise with community service partners and to coordinate fundraising. Two key events are the sponsored Primary Walkathon and Secondary Bikeathon, both of which raise funds for our community service work. Other sources of funding include the annual School Fair and smaller events organised by students and teachers. The school also responds to disaster relief appeals by donating funds and resources as appropriate. The recent Nepal earthquake and Philippines typhoon are two such examples.