As always, our pupils and staff have been busy supporting their local communities. Free from the restrictions of lockdown, several pupils set off into the outside world over the summer holidays, completing physical challenges to raise money for good causes. Here are some examples of their brilliant efforts:
- Max (Lower Sixth; pictured below) and his older cousin each ran 50km over two and a half days, raising £950 for Care International UK's appeal for the Yemen crisis.
- Hattie (Upper Sixth) and Lara Simpson (Upper Sixth) also went the distance, walking a full marathon (42km) and raising £1250 for the NHS.
- It wasn’t just the pupils who got involved: Mrs Wong (Head of Mandarin) and her family participated in a fundraising walk organised by local charity the Kit Tarka Foundation, which works to prevent new-born deaths through research and education. This year 400 families took part in the event, each going on their own individual walks around the South Downs whilst wearing orange. Between them they raised over £5000.
- However, not everyone is able to get out and about yet, so over the summer Venetia (Lower Fifth) created and organised a volunteer group called Virtual Entertainment Sitting to entertain and chat to care home residents who have been unable to go out and socialise due to the restrictions brought about by Covid-19. Venetia, along with Lower Fifth pupils Olivia, Emily, Miles, Mia and Bethany held weekly 30-minute Zoom calls with residents. These calls were so well received that is has led to the creation of a pen-pal system in which pupils can send in letters to the care home residents. This will be especially beneficial for new residents who have to self-isolate upon moving into the homes.
Well done everyone for your fantastic efforts.