Through our charity work our aim is to develop a caring community within the school by encouraging commitment, courtesy, co-operation, tolerance and compassion towards one another whilst understanding that each individual is a member of a wider community.
Over the last few years, we have purposefully broadened the range of charities we support to give the children a fuller understanding of the range of charities that exist and the different ways we can support charities. We want to expose our children to the challenges facing children and adults from all ages, abilities and cultures. All of Amesbury’s children, parents and staff are directly involved in the decision making process.
We currently support two local charities:
- Surrey Wildlife Trust
- The Clockhouse Day Centre in Milford
In addition to these, we support two small overseas charities:
- AFEE (Association Femmes Enfants et Environment) which does amazing work to support women, children and the environment in the Senegal.
- FOGTA (Friends of the Gambia Association) where we sponsor and support an individual child to go to school.
Historically the children have run campaigns for our local animal charity and in 2015 the children overwhelmingly voted for Canine Partners whereby the children were able to sponsor the training of a puppy and watch the process of the puppy growing into an adult dog. The children even got the name the puppy ‘Iggle’.
Numerous events are held to support these charities throughout the year from cake sales and year group events to parents, teachers and pupils running marathons, making CDs and this year we introduced the sponsored event ‘The Big Read’ which raised over £2500.
We hold an annual Charity Day with the whole school getting involved. In 2016 over £3,000 was raised on the day with car washing, stalls run by the pupils, volleyball matches and not to mention the staff sumo competition. All this culminated in two fabulous concerts featuring bands, dancers, choirs and orchestras from throughout the school.
In addition to financially supporting the charities we welcome visits to school events from guests at The Clockhouse and in turn pupils visit and provide musical entertainment for the members. We believe it is important for our pupils to understand that charity is not only concerned with fundraising but is also concerned with the giving of time, skills and effort and the creation of a charitable spirit.