Upper School & Sixth Form Charities will meet on APM's personal zoom room biweekly on Mondays at 1:30pm
Lower School Charities will also meet on JAT's personal zoom room biweekly on Wednesdays at 1:45pm.
Charities Commission has had another busy and enjoyable year hosting a variety of events, shows and stalls. We have raised money for a range of charities from local organisations, such as ‘The Honeypot Children’s Charity’, to national campaigns, such as ‘Children in Need’. Turnout to both Upper and Lower School Charities has been fantastic, with lots of new faces getting involved in fundraising.
We began the autumn term with the Toy Appeal Fun Run, in which the whole of the First Year embarked upon a sponsored run around the School dressed as their favourite toy. All money raised went towards purchasing Christmas gifts for local disadvantaged children. The first non-uniform day and Krispy Kreme sale raised money for ‘Clic-Sargent’, a local charity that fights tirelessly to stop cancer destroying young lives. Later that term, the Commission hosted a week of events prior to the BBC filming of the ‘Children in Need’ Choir at the School. These events included Staff V Student Dodge ball, ‘Mr and Mrs’, live music and creative stalls. In December, the Summer Camp team ran the First Year Christmas Disco, a brilliant evening where much fun was had by both Sixth Form and First Year students. Towards the end of term, the Sixth Form raised money for Save the Children by wearing festive jumpers on top of their usual working attire. The Commission’s Christmas stalls were once again a big hit with handmade decorations, advent calendars, gingerbread men and presents all pre-wrapped for sale. The new addition of the Christmas Karaoke stand made the whole affair extremely enjoyable watching both students and teachers attempt to sing along to the festive classics.
The spring term opened with a bang with Summer Camp’s Annual ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition in January. Many talented students performed with a range of acts. The annual ‘triathlonathon’ saw pupils manage to keep three exercise machines going constantly for twelve hours raising lots of money and heart rates! The ever-popular ‘Would I lie to You’ event returned for the Fifth Years and Sixth Formers. The traditional pancake sale took place on Shrove Tuesday run by the Lower School Charities Commission. For Valentine’s Day, we held a range of events in which all proceeds went towards the British Heart Foundation. These events included Chase the Cupid, an obstacle course, scooter racing and the rather ironic sweet sales. For Mothering Sunday bunches of wooden roses were sold and the term ended with the annual Easter stalls where the commission created handmade jars of chocolates, an elaborate Easter egg hunt and other chocolate goods.
Baking and eating cakes remains a favourite pass time of KES pupils and we had a Krispy Kreme sale to kickstart the summer term in which all donations went towards Abby’s Heroes. This term’s non-uniform day money was donated to the Honeypot Children’s Charity and, in addition, the Commission held an awareness day. This involved face and nail painting, ice cream sales and bees constructed on the School Field out of donated coins. Bumble, the charity mascot, was even able to visit and take part in the lunchtime events. The Commission also ran the Charities Café at the Arts Festival and finished the year with the annual shoe collection for Sal’s Shoes ‘Toe to Toe’ Campaign. This provided the opportunity for students to donate any shoes they, or their family, may have outgrown to be sent to a child in Africa.
We are once more grateful and humbled by the contributions and work that our pupils put in to fundraising and improving awareness for a number of charities and my thanks to the pupils and staff involved.