We support one major charity at a time, usually for a period of two years.
This gives us the opportunity to develop a relationship with the charity and for our children to develop an understanding of how the money we raise is going to be used. Our current school charity is 'Place2Be' which supports the mental health of children in primary schools across the UK. Money is raised for our main school charity through home clothes days, cake sales and other events throughout the year. Some children will also choose to organize their own individual events to support this cause.
A number of other charities are supported during the course of the year. We participate in national events such as Jeans for Genes, Royal British Legion, Comic Relief, Christmas Jumper Day, MacMillan Coffee Morning and Children in Need to raise awareness of these causes. We also support local endeavors such as the Norwood and Brixton Foodbank, Little Village and the London Children’s Book Project with donations of items.
Our team of Year 6 Charity Monitors, directed by staff, work hard to encourage all the children and staff to support the events that happen throughout the year. Before each fundraising event the Charity Monitors address their peers in assembly to explain about the work of that particular cause. The Year 6 Monitors also spend time helping at school charity events, organizing donations at the local foodbank and discussing with representatives from the various charities that we support. This enables these older children to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of supporting charitable work and also to appreciate the value of giving time as well as money.
As part of their diploma work, all Year 6 children work individually or in groups on the ‘Fiver Challenge’, which asks them to use a loan of £5 to generate money for a charity of their choice. This allows the children to think independently about the causes that they are passionate about and to experience the process of organising a fundraising activity.
Our current school charity is Place2Be, a national children's mental health organisation.