During the last academic year the Charity and Community Service Committee chose Our Space, a charity that specialises in creating social spaces for disabled adults and children, as our School Charity of the year. Funds were raised by holding a number of Charity days throughout the School year. The committee is run by a dedicated group of students who work tirelessly throughout the year.
In the Autumn term we held a Christmas Fayre sold homemade jams and pickles, and raffled off a luxury Christmas Hamper. We invited fifty senior citizens to join us for our Afternoon Tea (prepared by the Food and Nutrition Department) and Christmas entertainment. Each guest was presented with a gift as they left and it is fair to say that a good time was had by all.
During the Spring term, we held a very colourful Easter Fayre alongside a non-uniform day. The day also included an Easter Egg Hunt with all sorts of prizes on offer!
The Summer Term saw the annual three-legged race, which attracted a large number of competitors. Fine weather ensured that the runners had plenty of support from a very excitable crowd! The Margaret Powell Library was filled with merriment and the sound of laughter when we held our Summer Fayre with a Difference. The array of fairground activities on offer was enjoyed by pupils of all ages - including our Junior School pupils in years 5 and 6. We ended the year on a 'high note' with our "Swing into Summer" Concert, where our talented musicians treated our guests to memorable concert.
Throughout the year we raised a staggering £4000, which will be used by the charity Our Space that provides unique social and recreational opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. The charity itself was formed in 2016 in the wake of the closure of the North Staffs Special Adventure Playground (NSSAP), the NSSAP had supported services for children, young people and adults with a disability for nearly 30 years and it's closure dealt a severe blow to the many communities that relied on its services, day in and day out. Our thanks go out to everyone, including pupils, parents and staff who have supported our fundraising efforts throughout the year.
In addition to charitable activities, many of our Sixth Form students give their time, freely throughout the year, to engage in Community Service based activities. Students tend to organise their own placements and diligently attend them week by week, assisting in a variety of ways.
Mr R Lench
Assistant Head (Co-curricular and Community)