Respect is one of our key school values, and as part of this we ensure that students are able to show their respect and support for local and national charities. Students each year take part in days to support some of the big national charities such as Red Nose Day and Children in Need.
Alongside this the school has a Community Outreach Committee. The Community section of our Student leadership team is supported by the Assistant Principal for Personal development and aims to support local community initiatives by forming links with external agencies and causes. Details of the two charities the Committee are supporting are shown below:
We are working with the Maldon District Dementia Action Alliance to raise awareness amongst our young people of what dementia is and what it means for the people and families in the community who have the condition or support family members who do. As part of this, we are in the process of setting up a project to allow our students the opportunity to actively engage and interact with local care home residents suffering with dementia. The aim is to educate our young people whilst forging links and enriching experiences for all involved in the scheme. We are also working towards being a Dementia Friendly School.
Dengie Food banks
The student leadership team are working with the charity BanktheFood to support the Dengie Food Pantry, an essential resource for many families living in our local community. BanktheFood have created an app to help promote the up-to-date required donations to people and help increase donations for the food bank. As a school we are going to run the app for Dengie Food Pantry and update it for them. Alongside this the committee is also working on a marketing campaign and donation drive in support of the food bank and as a school we have become a drop off point for donations.
First Give is a Year 8 focussed social action programme where pupils learn about social issues in their communities, choose the issues which are important to them, identify charitable causes linked to these and then plan and deliver a social action activity (fundraising, awareness raising, volunteering) in support of their charities, and to help raise awareness of the identified social issue.
First Give is delivered through Drama lessons, where students follow an 8 lesson programme helping them to become more active in their school and local community. Pupils have previously supported good causes such as Cancer Research, Mind and Great Ormond Street Hospital, as part of the First Give programme.
Children In Need
On 19th November 2021 students across the school took part in non-uniform day to raise money for the national Children In Need day. Students donated a contribution via ParentPay to partake in the day and support this fantastic cause. Many students really got into the spirit with Pudsey inspired outfits. Alongside this our fabulous catering team also offered tasty treats for students and staff to buy, with all profits going to the charity.