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 year 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.
In the academic year 2022-23 we raised £3,556. We have enjoyed our fundraising for charities such as Save the Children, Children in Need, MacMillan, Genetic Disorder Charity (Jeans for Genes), Breast Cancer Support and Comic Relief.
We have also focused on supporting local charities,which the students have been researching and learning about. Each year group had an assembly led by the given charity and showed exactly how their money could make an impact.
Year 7 – Phase
Year 8 – Feed UP, Warm Up
Year 9 – Phase
Year 10 – Garden House Hospice
Year 11 – Phase
Sixth Form – Hitchin Food Bank
We have also been doing various awareness campaigns throughout the year coordinated by the SEN and Wellbeing department. We have been developing our understanding around Dyslexia Awareness Week, ADHD Awareness Month, Mental Health weeks (children, male and general mental health), Down Syndrome Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Day.
Further to this, we have been increasing the support for our LGBTQ+ students and raising the profile of the diverse community around school. This has included raising money for Stonewall and increasing the students’ knowledge of the important work they do. This is all coordinated and arranged during our Everyone’s Allies club.
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. This has been shown in many forms, from litter picking locally to singing in a local care home. With the current cost of living crisis, we focused on Hitchin Food Bank as a key focus of our work this year, ensuring that our Christmas offerings were the best they could be. We were able to take two car loads full of goodies down to Hitchin Food Bank for our local Hitchin and Letchworth families to enjoy.