Exeter School pupils raise over £16,000 for charities
In one academic year
Pupils at Exeter School are celebrating raising over £16,000 over the last academic year through a range of charitable events and activities.
The Sixth Form charity committee decides every year which three charities the school will support and last year opted for two local charities Devon Freewheelers and Hospiscare in addition to Amantani, a charity which works to defend the rights of indigenous children and young people in the Peruvian Andes.
Mufti days are always popular and pupils enjoyed coming to school dressed up in their favourite clothes in the Junior and Senior schools – raising £3,472 for the three charities.
Fundraising at Exeter School does not stop at the three major school charities. Each House nominates a charity to support and there are many other special events throughout the year which raise funds for good causes.
The annual Exeter School Charity Day in early September was a great success. Teams of pupils played in the Bubble Football Tournament and took part in various fairground games from welly throwing to guessing the number of balloons in a tractor. The day succeeded in raising over £1,200 which was split equally between the Janine Di-Vincenzo Foundation and Balloons.
The whole school participated in acts of Remembrance in November and raised £914 for the Poppy Appeal.
In the first half of the autumn term alone, pupils, parents and staff succeeded in raising over £3,000 for charity on top of collections of food and household essentials. This was equalled in the second half of term bringing the total to £6,000 in just four months.
Exeter School promotes social, spiritual and moral wellbeing through its pastoral care system, led by form tutors, subject teachers, the Chaplain and House staff. The school’s Houses raised a whopping £3,000 through charity car washes and auctions, cake sales and by selling and wearing moustaches for Movember.
The Junior School threw itself into Red Nose day with gusto, raising over £500.
And Sixth Formers held coffee mornings and completed the “Devon Challenge” which included cycling and running the length of Devon, rowing and cycling the length of the river Exe and climbing the height of High Willhayes, the highest peak in Devon, all in one afternoon! They also held a cake sale and barbecue on the same day with all profits going to the services charities Help for Heroes, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and The RAF Association.
The annual WaterAid concert held at St. Michael’s church in Heavitree raises funds and awareness for the global charity and throughout the year, bottles of water are sold at school concerts to contribute to this worthy cause.
School Chaplain, Revd Tom Carson, held two Harvest Festivals in Chapel, one for the Junior School and one for the Senior School. Pupils from across the school brought in a variety of food and household produce from tea towels to tins which was donated to Exeter-based charity, St Petrock’s.
The Chaplain’s Charity last year was The Children’s Society. Collections at the Advent Carol Service, the Junior School’s Carol and Christingle services and Christmas jumper day succeeded in raising £1,281 for this worthwhile cause. The Chaplain’s Charity for the year ahead will be the Exeter YMCA.
School Chaplain Revd Tom Carson said he was delighted at the support shown by the Exeter School community.
“It is so good to see our pupils endeavouring to make a difference to the wider world in all sorts of creative ways. Thank you to everyone who gave so generously; to all who baked and ate cakes, washed cars, dressed up, donated food, sang their hearts out, ran through muddy puddles, wore moustaches and engaged in many, many other activities to raise money for worthy causes.”