Supporting International Charities

KISS (Kiddies Support Scheme)

We have forged very strong links with the Kiddies Support Scheme Charity since 1994 and as a community, we have raised in excess of £250,000 for KISS in that time.  This money has been used to incredible effect in Uganda supporting hundreds of vulnerable young people to access education, healthcare and pastoral support. As a school we have also had the enormous privilege of hosting some of those who have been supported by KISS in Uganda.

The School enjoys a very close relationship with the charity in Uganda, and all proceeds we raise go directly to benefit the community.  Each year members of our Head Boy and Head Girl team visit the community in Hoima and Kasambya at Christmas and return in January to rally the school in its fundraising efforts. In the last few years, a group of students have also been to participate in the KICA programme which runs through the school holidays.  Every summer, this group visits both villages to help with building and agricultural projects. This summer saw the first ever KICA Music Mission, which involved 15 musicians taking out instruments and equipment to begin a 3 week music project of instrumental lessons and performances.

Three of the current trustees of KISS are former pupils of this school which is testament to the incredible impact that the work of the charity has on the lives of our own pupils and students. To learn more about the work that KISS is doing with children and their families in Uganda please visit www.kiddiessupportscheme.org

 HCPT

Every year, in the weeks leading up to Easter, our minds turn to raising funds to support our annual pilgrimage to Lourdes with HCPT. This money enables children from all walks of life to take part on the week long pilgrimage. Sixth formers accompany the group as helpers for the younger children. Children and young people who have been to Lourdes with HCPT always return renewed in their faith and affirmed by a range of fantastic new friendships and experiences. The group always takes time to pray for the rest of the School community at the grotto.

CAFOD

 

Every year we participate in the CAFOD Harvest Fast Day, not only as a way of raising funds for CAFOD, but also as a way of growing in faith and in understanding of some of the issues faced by the World's poor.

Pupil's also spend time learning about the work of CAFOD in their RE lessons, and CAFOD resources are regularly used to support assemblies, liturgies and prayer time.

Supporting Local Charities

Hamper Appeal 

At Christmas, we launched our second year of the ‘Hampers Little Helpers’ Appeal and it has been a huge success! Last year, many of the pupils at the school expressed a real desire to get involved and try to help in our local community. They wanted to try and do something that would make Christmas that little bit more special for those less fortunate, and so they decided to introduce the ‘Hampers Little Helpers’ appeal to the school. The appeal proved to be more successful than they could have hoped and the pupils collected over 70 Hampers to be distributed between The North Herts Sanctuary and Stevenage Haven, The Garden House Hospice and the Stevenage Food Bank.

Pupils collected over 30 Shoeboxes that were shared between local churches and the St Vincent de Paul Society, to be distributed to elderly people who were going to be on their own at Christmas. Every single pupil and student donated to the appeal, along with a large contribution from the staff, which saw an overwhelming result for the appeal. This year has proved to be equally as successful and has offered the opportunity to spread the donations further amongst local charities. When the Hampers were organised and ready to be distributed to the charities, representatives from each charity were able to come in to the school and speak to the pupils about the work that they do, and how much of a difference the appeal would make to their charity this Christmas. The pupils also held an own clothes day and a cake sale to raise money for our Hamper charities, and the funds from the Christmas Concert were also donated, raising in excess of £3,000 to be distributed between them. It was a very rewarding experience for all to be able to work together and support each other in the work that we do, and reminded all involved the difference we can make when we come together as a community.

Other Charities

As well as our regular charities, pupils and students sometimes make requests to raise funds for other charities close to their hearts. Recent charities have included the Macmillian Cancer, Make a Wish and Save the Children.