Service and Charities
Strong links with the local and wider community promote a high awareness of compassion for others in pupils, evident in fundraising for Zambia, support for fair trade and the donation of the harvest collection to the homeless. ISI Report, January 2015
Prep School pupils support initiatives to help those less fortunate than themselves. Through consultation with the four Houses and the School Council, boys help to choose the charities they support at local, national and international level. They organise activities, such as wearing coloured socks to raise funds for their chosen charities, through which their understanding and commitment to social responsibilities grow.
Locally, for example, they have collected and delivered food to the Emmaus Centre in St Albans. Nationally, they have supported fundraising for such causes as the Poppy Appeal and the Down Syndrome Association. Internationally, they have participated in cake and lolly sales, clothing appeals and other collections to aid Robert Shitima School in Zambia.
We hope that our programme is of benefit to the local and wider community, in particular to the children at Robert Shitima School in Zambia, whom we support regularly. We feel it is very important that pupils are given the opportunity to understand how to serve others, and this is a crucial part of Prep life. Invariably, pupils feel that they have gained far more than they have been able to give. Above all, pupils are challenged to look at what they have 'in their hands', and to use their gifts and talents to encourage, help and serve others.