As a school, we support various charities and raise money in many different ways.
The whole school is involved, from the tiniest tots in Nursery to the gangling teenagers in Form VIII (and of course parents and teachers too). We do this because, as a community, we are aware of how fortunate we are in comparison to so many other people around the world; we know how important it is to care about others and do our best to help where we can. Some of the charities we support are local, others are far away on the other side of the world.
Our pupils raise money in a huge range of different ways which have included: tooth fairy money donations, sponsored silences, cake baking, singing carols, selling daffodils, washing cars, getting covered in powder paint at the colour run and once someone even tidied their bedroom without being asked!
Each year the charity committee chooses new causes to support and organises the fundraising programme for the whole year, making sure that events are balanced and well-spaced out. We choose a cause that we can link meaningfully to our own lives; so for example, recently we supported the mental health charity ‘Young Minds’ as our own Wellbeing Programme was being launched at Beachborough. We support ‘Children in Need’ every year with a range of activities; we hold a ‘Wear a Hat Day’ with a parade to raise money for ‘Brain Tumour Research’ as part of our long-term commitment to help fund the fight to find a cure. Every spring term, we organise our annual charity pool party extravaganza called Splashtastic. The giant inflatables are out in force, there is music, there is shrieking, and you will definitely have wrinkling fingers by the time it’s all over.
One of our most important and enduring charitable relationships is with Mary’s Meals – an amazing organisation that is founded on the simple, yet vital, principle of providing the poorest children in the world with a meal at school, every day. Beachborough has a partnership with Thola Primary School in northern Malawi, who we support each year by celebrating World Porridge Day and then thinking of clever ways of filling up our porridge mugs with money. A few years ago, when we were having a new kitchen built at Beachborough, we raised enough money to build a brand-new kitchen at Thola Primary. We were very proud to discover that we had raised more for Mary’s Meals, per pupil, than any other school in the UK. We are definitely top fundraisers!
Raising money unleashes children’s creativity and encourages them to be enterprising; it also helps them to become kind, responsible citizens. We encourage children to organise their own fundraising events as well as take part in our whole school events. Charity work demands that we use all of the seven intellectual characteristics; it broadens our minds and makes us part of the wider world. Most of all though, it is great fun!