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Chanel House Charity Event
From Monday 20th until Friday 24th January, members of Chanel House ran a week long charity event. Each form helped to sell cakes, cookies and donuts at break and lunchtime during the week. As well as this there was a competition to guess the teacher from their baby photo. A total of 38 staff participated in this event making it quite a challenge – and certainly some of the photos were tricky to identify!
In the end, Rachel O won the prize for guessing the most teachers and won a sweets and chocolate hamper. The event raised £720 for the Marie Curie charity. Well done to all staff and students involved.
Year 8 Charity Bazaar 2019
On Tuesday 19 November, Year 8 students held their annual charity bazaar in the school hall. The event challenges students to plan and design a suitable stall for the bazaar and research a charitable organisation they would like to support with their proceeds.
After spending the previous Education for Life day preparing fastidiously for this event, Year 8 were raring to go and quickly got to work setting up their stalls in the hall and organising jobs for each of their team members. Groups were very creative in their methods to attract potential customers, decorating their stalls in eye catching colours and with many groups wearing costumes or T-shirts in support of their chosen charity.
Organisations supported on the day included: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Medical Detection Dogs, the Little Princess Trust, Ronald McDonald Housing Charity, Demelza Hospice Care for Children, Water Aid, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, Cancer Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society, the World Wide Fund for Nature and the Wisdom Hospice, among many more. In all, a total of 27 charities were supported by the students.
Year 7 and Year 9 students were taken to the bazaar and many other students, parents and staff visited throughout the afternoon. In total the event raised a fantastic £1657. Well done to all students and staff involved in this highly successful activity.
Roddick House Charity Event
From Monday 11th until Friday 15th November, members of Roddick House ran a week-long charity event based around supporting animals in need. Each form chose to adopt an animal and sold cookies, cakes and ran some games to raise the money to do this. R1 decided to adopt a panda, R2 a goat, R3 a snow leopard, R4 an elephant and finally R5 plan to adopt an orang-utan.
The tutor groups intend to formally adopt their chosen animal with the money raised and will update the students throughout the year on how the adoption process is going and how their money is being used to support the animal. In total the events raised just under £210. Well done to all staff and students involved.
Wear it Pink Friday
On Friday 18 October Highsted's Sixth Form hosted Wear it Pink Friday for Breast Cancer Awareness, this was led by the Head Girl team. Over a break and lunchtime on the day, our team sold a variety of sweet treats as well as holding a raffle in order to raise money for such an incredible charity. The turnout for the day was brilliant, with every shade of pink possible being visible it was clear this was an issue that really resonated with the whole student body and staff. The buzz created at lunchtime with live music and the process of raising money in our Highsted community for such a worthwhile charity could not be paralleled.
So many students, both sixth form and lower school, got involved, whether it was buying a raffle ticket or simply wearing pink, each contribution made the day a tremendous success. In just one break and lunch we managed to raise just shy of £270, which the Head Girl Team and, by extension, the rest of Sixth Form are very proud of. We felt it was important to invest in a charity event like this as we wanted to demonstrate to the student body how important it is to give back and to see just how much of a positive impact we can make as a community.
Eliot House Charity Event
From Monday 16 to Wednesday 18 September, Eliot House organised three days of fun-filled activities focusing on community and empowerment, whilst raising awareness and money for our chosen House charity, New Leaf Support - a charity which supports victims of domestic abuse. We wanted to encourage social interaction and empower one another in friendly competition and team spirit, through competing with Wii Fit games. Representatives from New Leaf Support came in to speak to students about their role within the community, why their work is so valuable and how Highsted students could support them.
The charity commented on how, engaging with schools and talking to students about such issues, helps build community empathy and action. They also remarked on how it was a pleasure to see our students encouraging one and another and engaging with their charity’s ethos. Alongside our activities we sold baked goods, raising a grand total of £430. Well done to Eliot House for this great event!
Seacole's Charity Week
From Wednesday 26 to Friday 28 June, Seacole House raised money for Porchlight a Kent based charity, supporting vulnerable and homeless young people in the South East. Each day members of Seacole tirelessly sold ice lollies and cookies to aid this excellent charitable cause.
In the evenings, Seacole visited the school production of Annie to raise more money by selling raffle tickets. Over just a few days the event was able to raise a fantastic £814 for Porchlight. Well done to all staff and students involved!
Chanel's Charity Week
From 13 to 17 May, Chanel House put on a series of events to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Each day a different form group was responsible for running the event ensuring that all members of Chanel were involved.
Activities on offer included a cake sale, where students were able to purchase delicious biscuits, donuts and baked goods; and a games stall, where students and staff were invited to take part in timed activities to win prizes. At the games stall visitors were challenged to: see how long they could hula hoop for; knock down cups using balloons; stack cups in order of colour in the fastest time possible; and use cups to produce a pyramid as quickly as possible.
The event was a great success and Chanel raised £670 for Macmillan. Well done to all those involved.