Exeter School raises over £26,000 for charity
Fundraising for good causes
It has been another charitable year at Exeter School, raising over £26,000 for good causes.
In September, the Sixth Form Charity Committee met to choose three charities to support during the course of the academic year: Ellen Tinkham School’s South Africa expedition, Mind, and Cure Hospital in Malawi.
In the autumn term, the school raised a huge £1871.30 for Ellen Tinkham School’s South Africa expedition. Ellen Tinkham is a local special school for pupils with severe or profound learning difficulties who were raising funds for a two-week expedition to South Africa during the summer term of 2018. The expedition offered a once in a lifetime experience for their pupils and the trip was a great success. In addition to a mufti day there were a range of charitable events which helped raise such a great sum: the library put on a second hand book sale, Lower Sixth Formers put on two cake sales, and Raleigh House organised the Big Swim. The intrepid House swam the length of the River Exe, from its origin on Exmoor, to its finale in Exmouth: 85 pupils swam 48 lengths each to cover the 101.3 kilometres/63.3 miles.
For the Junior School, the focus of the autumn term mufti day was Children in Need. Together with donations from a cake sale the pupils and staff raised £460. The children made beautiful paper snowflakes to decorate Hospiscare shops and members of Junior Choir visited Jack Simpson House to sing carols to the residents before the Christmas holidays. Junior School pupils came to school in Christmas jumpers making £202.39 for Save The Children. An extra £32.60 was raised at the Junior School Christingle service for The Children’s Society. Junior and Senior pupils collected toys and goodies for children in Moldova via the Christmas show box scheme. And Exeter School staff raised £155.72 from their Christmas card collection split between The Mede and Hospiscare in memory of much loved former teacher and Head of House John Poustie. Senior School pupils and staff wore Christmas jumpers to school to raise £202.38 for the Community Service Christmas tea party held for senior citizens on the last day of term.
In the spring term the Junior and Senior School joined forces to raise £1834.15 for Mind through a mufti day and other activities. This is an important charity for many young people as they provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. This was also Daw House’s charity this year and they raised money through various cake sales and the selling of candy canes at Christmas and eggs at Easter. Collins House raised £519.15 for SANDS by holding a cake sale and selling handmade Christmas Cards. Buller House raised £107.86 by holding a cake sale for the Janine Di-Vincenzo Foundation. Drake House raised £236.51 by making and selling cakes for the Friends of Burburi Hospital. Townsend House’s welly-wanging raised £72.14 for Exmouth and Lympstone Hospice.
In the summer term, the school raised £1262 for Cure Hospital in Malawi which is a 58-bed teaching hospital that specialises in treating the orthopaedic needs of children and adults, and was visited by Lower Sixth Formers Bethan Reynolds and Phoebe Day during the summer holidays. This meant that their Houses, Buller and Crossing, respectively, also held cake sales for these charities to add to the total.
Junior School pupils, parents and staff threw their support behind Headmistress Mrs Marks who took part in the school’s JOGLE cycle ride in August. The Junior School raised £204 for Mind and the Children’s Society through a mufti day and ice cream sale. The school’s JOGLE team has beaten their target of £10,000 raising over £15,000 and counting for these two charities.
Upper Two pupils raised a record £2062.26 through their involvement in the Virgin Money ‘Make your £5 Grow’ scheme. In small groups, the pupils dreamt up, designed and made products to sell to their peers as part of their Independent Maths Project 2018. The profit will be divided evenly between Sport Relief, Cancer Research UK, Dementia UK and The Mardon Centre, Exeter, with one fifth going towards fun maths games to enhance pupils’ learning further.
The Chaplain’s Charity this year was the Exeter YMCA, a charity who aim to help young people to fulfil their potential, especially those who are particularly vulnerable. As part of this year’s Business and Enterprise Day, Lower Sixth pupils worked in teams to create a social enterprise which would benefit the homeless. They were joined by alumnus and film maker Owain Astles inspired the pupils with a talk based on his experience of making a documentary about homelessness in Bristol. As well as collecting Harvest goods for the charity, we have raised over £600 for the YMCA.
In addition to these main charities which have been the focus of raising, there have been many other events to raise money for various worthy causes. These include an alumni quiz night in March which raised £1,200 to be shared equally between Marcus in Mind and Age UK and the annual Poppy Appeal, raising £982 for the Royal British Legion. The annual WaterAid concert and water sales at school concerts raised over £1,100. Fifty pupils took part in the Argentina Sports Tour raising £1,000 for San Pedro Community: Sports Kit and £2,000 for Buenos Aires charity Manos en Accion.
The school’s Founders Day collection came to £117.37 and was split between Exeter Cathedral and the Lord Mayor’s Charity (AGE UK).
Reverend Tom said: ‘I think we can be pleased with another good year of fundraising at Exeter School. To me, this large sum shows that our community is keen to look beyond our school to those in need.
“Thank you to all who have contributed in so many ways.”