At The Priory School we believe that encouraging students to engage in charity and community work is an invaluable part of the wider curriculum.
Each term there is a different charity focus with a designated Charity Week, during which students are encouraged to hold fundraising events in school such as cake sales, and also take part in lunchtime activities organised by the charity and community team, all with the aim of raising money. At the end of every Charity Week there is a Non-uniform Day as detailed in the calendar.
In 2014/15 we raised an impressive £8807.64 for numerous charities such as PHASE, Red Nose appeal, Save the Children, The Poppy Appeal and MacMillan
This academic year we are raising money for the following charities:
Term 1: Teen Cancer Trust w/c 28th November 2016
Term 2: Phase w/c 27th February 2017
Term 3: ABC’s and Rice w/c 3rd July 2017
Students who participate fully in charity fundraising have an opportunity to be entered into a termly prize draw to win some fantastic prizes!
In addition to the 3 charity weeks we also have additional charity and fundraising events planned like the MacMillan coffee morning, Think Pink Day and a Genes for Jeans day.
The Community Ambassador Team has been established for 3 years and in that time we have formed some excellent links within the local community. The aim of this group is to work with and support companies, people and groups within the local community.
So far we have taken part in the Hitchin Big Tidy Up Project, collected goods for the Letchworth Food Bank appeal, carried out ICT training and also held a dance afternoon for local elderly people, forged links with Westbourne Care Home, worked with the Lister Hospital on projects for young people and held a Health Awareness Conference for local primary schools. Finally, rather excitingly, we were invited to attend the AGM for North Herts NHS where our community and charity work was showcased as an example of excellence. Please add in that we also carry our RSPH Health Champion training in Year 12 and we also run Young Enterprise for Year 12 students
This academic year we will be embarking on the following community projects, amongst others:
- An anti-litter campaign
- ICT training and workshops for the local community
- Planning and running 3 charity weeks
- Local Foodbank appeal
- An annual health and wellbeing conference for local primary schools (July 2017)
- Planning county wide health and wellbeing conference for students and staff from North Hertfordshire schools (October 2016)