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.
Next year we will be supporting the local charity Humanitas, as our main, overarching charity focus.
Each term there is a designated Charity Week, during which students are encouraged to hold fundraising events in school, and also to 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 term there is a Non-Uniform Day as detailed in the school calendar. All proceeds from the non-uniform days will go to Humanitas.
In 2018/19 we raised just over £10,000 for numerous charities such as PHASE, Red Nose Appeal, Save the Children, The Poppy Appeal, Children in Need, MacMillan and Keech Hospice. 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.
We were also proud to help support the campaign for Super Seraph by raising just over £1300 to help support his treatment programme.
In addition to the three charity weeks, we also have additional charity and fundraising events planned like the MacMillan Coffee Morning, Christmas Jumper Day, Think Pink Day, Genes for Jeans Day and Dementia Awareness Day.
We will also be doing various awareness campaigns throughout the year being co-ordinated by the SEN department around Dyslexia Awareness Week, World Sight Day (Visual Impairment), ADHD Awareness month, Down Syndrome Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Day.
At The Priory School, we pride ourselves on being a community school. We encourage students to be active citizens through volunteering, charity work and working with the local community.
Over the last few years students have enjoyed taking part in the Hitchin Big Tidy Up, and visiting care homes to work with the elderly residents and deliver computer workshops showing them how to set up email accounts and use Skype.
Our students regularly engage with charity work to support local charities such as Phase and Keech Hospice. In 2019 our students were involved in raising money and awareness for local appeal ‘Super Seraph’. As a school we have been very successful in supporting the local foodbank appeal and have often gathered over £500 worth of goods for their Christmas appeal which supports families in Hitchin and Letchworth.