All pupils are encouraged to help organise and support a range of activities to contribute to local and national charities. We feel it is important to raise their awareness that there are people in the world less fortunate, and that people’s practical needs can be met.
Pupils are regularly involved in various events and themed days to raise funds for worthy local and national causes. Last year we supported a number of charities and good causes including WE Day, GROW Project and Dementia Friends. We look forward to the many charity events that we can host or take part in next year.
WE Day is a charity project with the aim of raising global awareness and encouraging children to make an impact in our local and global communities. Children are challenge to think about the everyday issues that the charity supports such as poverty, pollution, animal cruelty, littering and many more. In March some pupils got the opportunity to attend the WE Day celebrations held at Wembley Arena.
Pupils have been raising money to help with Loughton’s GROW Project. The project aims to bring people together to grow food, while also connecting with others and learning new skills. In time the space will be transformed from an overgrown plot of land, to a vibrant, inclusive community garden.
Meet the Junior Green Team who will be working with Miss Waghorne and Miss Grant to make the school more environmentally friendly. Currently they are focusing on recycling and will be collecting scrap paper from all classrooms on a weekly basis.
National Citizens Service
Four Year 11 pupils have signed up to take part in the National Citizen Service programme which starts after their public exams. It is a voluntary programme that involves meeting other young people and planning a community based project over the summer months before they embark on their sixth form studies. Pupils have to apply for the service and organise a project that benefits the local community. They also take part in a residential week where they will be doing physically and mentally challenging tasks as part of team building and developing skills for post 16.
As part of their learning about Harvest, the Juniors were visited by Heather who helps to run the Loughton branch of the Epping Forest Foodbanks at St Mary’s Church. Heather spoke to the children in their assembly and told them what will happen to all the food that was donated at their Harvest Festival. Epping Forest Foodbank is part of a UK foodbank network and is run by volunteers to help provide food for people in crisis in the Epping Forest District. A big thank you for all your donations!
The pupil’s chosen charity last year was Action Aid. This is an international charity that works with the poorest women and girls in the world, with the aim of changing their lives for good. In aid of the charity, pupils organised and ran a very successful fundraiser. The hall was buzzing as pupils and staff gave change in exchange for snacks and fun competitions. Fry house even took part in a sponsored silence (which the teachers seemed to really enjoy!).
Some chosen charities over recent years have been:
- Roald Dahl Charity
- Jeans for Genes
- GROW Project
- WE Day
- Dementia Friends
- Sport Relief
- Children in Need
- Teenage Cancer Trust
- And many more…