Pupils Spread Christmas Cheer through Fundraising
The Michaelmas Term is always a busy time for our pupils, with choir practice, play rehearsals and end-of-year sports fixtures taking up most of their free time. However, our pupils always find the time to give back to the community through a variety of fundraising events.
This year, our charity work began with Lower Sixth pupils Phoebe Hake and Ellie Cooper, who decided to spread Christmas cheer through their love of candy canes. For just a small donation, staff and pupils were able to give a token of appreciation to their friends and loved ones.
The candy canes were ordered anonymously through an online booking system and distributed within the boarding houses over the last week of term. To make their initiative all the more special, the girls sent all donations to ARC (Taunton Association for the Homeless).
Phoebe said: “Ellie and I decided to support and raise money for ARC as we felt homelessness is a big issue in Britain. We felt that many people were unaware of the scale of the problem and just how easy it is for anyone, from any background, to become homeless.”
Taking a slightly different approach to the term “giving back” were a group of Upper Sixth boys, who instead of distributing candy, were taking part in a sponsored push up challenge for Sickle Cell Society.
Organiser, Rob Coombs, said: “We hoped to raise money in order to increase awareness of the disease and to help towards finding more effective treatments.”
Their hard work certainly payed off as the boys raised an impressive £255.00 for the charity and clocked up an equally impressive tally of over 10,000 push-ups between lessons in one day!
Pupil-designed Christmas Cards
Our pupils, time and time again, prove themselves a creative bunch. One Fourth Form pupil in Meynell House created some beautiful hand-drawn Christmas designs that Housemistress Lisa Cashmore was convinced would be popular among staff and pupils. She was right – they were swiftly turned into design documents that were sent to a print company, who then turned them into Christmas cards. Sold in packs of ten, the proceeds from the sale of these cards will also go to the homeless charity ARC.
Row for Wales
Concluding our charity work for the term were our Under 16 rugby squad, who completed an epic rowing challenge in aid of Cancer Research UK. Staff and pupils travelled a total of 274km, the entire length of Wales, on two rowing machines in just 11.5 hours.
The idea was introduced to the group by Under 16 coach, Dafydd Jones, as a means of accomplishing something off the pitch to dovetail the team’s impressive achievements in rugby. The boys took this in their stride, showing grit and determination throughout. As a result of their hard work, they have already raised in excess of £1,400, with donations still pouring in.
All of our charity work this Christmas has been made possible through our Citizens UK programme. Run by our School Chaplain, Father Mark, the programme helps pupils to become community leaders – returning power to ordinary people and helping them to influence others. Citizens UK runs every Monday and works on a number of projects throughout the year. We now look forward to 2019, which we hope will be filled with even more exciting charitable endeavours!