Partnerships with charities
Students vote annually for the charity of the year and with the assistance of a group of Sixth Form charity reps, students are encouraged to take the initiative with fundraising. In 2018 the charity was Mercy Ships.
In 2017 through the volunteering and fundraising activities of students, parents and staff, our link with local charity Asylum Welcome raised over £13,000. This was a significant amount for this small, largely volunteer-run charity which meets the needs of asylum seekers and refugees in Oxfordshire. It has had an immediate and tangible impact, allowing them to continue running an activities programme for young refugees.
Each summer a group of Lower Sixth students spend time volunteering in Kenya with Nasio Trust or in Swaziland with Sense Africa.
‘The people in Swaziland are incredibly optimistic and in seeing their way of life it has influenced us to take their attitude home and attempt to share the compassion they have. We were often told that things don’t go to plan because ‘it’s Africa’ but our whole team would agree that the response ‘it’s Africa’ should only be when describing the generosity, kindness and dedication of great people and is something that should be greatly admired and remembered.’ Juliet, Upper Sixth
‘I felt my eyes were opened to realities of poverty especially the fact that many people do not have unlimited access to resources like water and gas like we do. All the people we met in the community of Mhlumeni were so positive, determined and helpful all the time even though they had so little. Since I have got home I try to conserve water and I am definitely more appreciative of everything I have.’ Jemima, Upper Sixth