Simon Balle students when they leave us will have had a fantastic educational experience. Within this experience we want to equip our students to be ‘outward looking’ and empathise with the people around them in our global world. All students are empowered to think about raising awareness, making a difference and on occasions, raising funds for organisations. Our culture and ethos of helping others is built through everything we do, say and model in the school community.
Raising money can be a springboard to help young people become active global citizens. It can help them learn more about the global issues that affect us all, develop essential skills to help them change the world around them, and understand more about the work of both local and national charities
When raising funds students in each year group vote on the charities to support over the academic year. These could be national charities eg Children in Need, Red Nose Day, Cancer Research or local small scale specific charities. We aim to educate our students in assembly about who we are raising money for, their work and the impact their money will have. This is run through our student voice, headed by our Student Senior Leadership Team and co-ordinated by the Charities Committee.
There is a non-uniform day each half term and students (and staff) bring a minimum of £2 for the chosen charity. Other events may take place throughout the day particularly if it is a national fund-raiser eg Sports Relief or Children in Need. We also annually support Marie Curie, the Poppy Appeal, the homeless at Christmas and will respond to natural disasters
Sometimes special assemblies are held to raise awareness and educate the students about the charity. Over recent years we have supported main causes including –
Children in Need
Sister school in the Gambia
Stand up to Cancer
In fact last year we received a special certificate from Comic Relief for being nationally top 5% of schools for fundraising – a notable achievement.
We would like to thank all students, parent and staff for giving so generously to the nominated charities.