At The Priory School we believe that encouraging students to engage in charity and community work is an invaluable part of the wider curriculum. Charity work is a way for students to demonstrate our school values of respect and responsibility.
Each term there is a different charity focus with a designated Charity Week, during which students are encouraged to hold fundraising events in school, and also take part in lunchtime activities organised by the charity and community prefects, all with the aim of raising money and awareness. At the end of every Charity Week, there is a Non-uniform Day as detailed in the school calendar.
In 2016/17 we raised just over £10,000 for numerous charities such as PHASE, Red Nose appeal, Save the Children, The Poppy Appeal, Children in Need and MacMillan. As a result of all our hard work, in 2016 we became a “BBC Partner School” for Children in Need and also a “Champion School” for Comic Relief.
This academic year are charity weeks are as follows:
- Term 1: w/c 13th November 2017
- Term 2: w/c 19th March 2018
- Term 3: w/c 18th June 2018
In addition to the 3 charity weeks, we also have additional charity and fundraising events planned like the MacMillan coffee morning, Christmas Jumper Day, Think Pink Day and a Genes for Jeans day.
As a school, we value our local community and as a result we encourage our students to get involved in the local community as much as possible.
Over the last few years, 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. We have also worked with the Lister Hospital on projects for young people and held a Health Awareness Conference for local primary schools. Annually, we attend the AGM for North Herts NHS where our community and charity work is showcased as an example of excellence. We also have an active Young Enterprise group as well as Level 2 Health Champion training where this year, students visited Pinehill Hospital and the One Stop Shop for sexual health in Stevenage.
We are also supporting other schools and colleagues with an annual Mental Health and Wellbeing conference in October 2017. This will be a chance for teachers and students to come together to share best practice.