Getting involved with charity work is a great way to make new friends and make a huge difference to those local, national and international charities that need our support.
We have supported a number of charities at Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form, in a number of different ways. A list of charities supported in the academic year 2016-2017, last year, are as follows:
- Children in Need - £3,028 - non-uniform day
- Comic Relief - £1,396 - non-uniform day
- Hope House Children’s Hospice - £1,774 – non-uniform day in memory of a student
- Wipe Away Those Tears - staff panto raising £338 and a head shave organised by students raising £647
- Education for All - £421 – an Enterprise Fair organised by sixth form students for Morocco
- Save the Children - £326 - Christmas jumper day
- Farleigh Hospice’s YOYO Project - £298 - fashion show organised by a student
- Great Ormond Street Hospital - £264 - sale of ribbons in memory of a student
- Cancer Research - £100 - sale of ribbons in memory of a student
- Autistic Society - £125 - cake sale
- Stand Up to Cancer – £174
- Grenfell Tower – £1591.34 - cake sale and other fundraising activities.
As well as the charities mentioned above, we also raised money for the Poppy Appeal and Operation Christmas Child.
This year, from September 2017, each house has nominated a local charity for whom we will raise money and support. There will be a variety of events and activities taking place throughout the school year to raise money for these charities.
The charities chosen by our Heads of House and student leadership teams are below:
Cavell - http://hopehouseessex.org.uk/
The Cavell House Captains and Miss West have chosen to support Hope House. This is a charity close to our hearts following the tragic death of one of our year 7s, Emilia, just before Christmas 2016. This charity supported her family who were left homeless after a house fire. They aim to provide a short-term homelessness, to have compassion and concern for all, and to accept people as they are – but give hope.
Franklin - http://www.parc-essex.co.uk/
The Franklin House Captains have chosen a local charity, PARC, as our chosen house charity. PARC is based at Great Notley Discovery Centre and their aim is to provide play and recreation facilities for children with additional needs and short break care for their families and carers. At PARC they believe every child has a right to play, regardless of their individual needs or abilities. PARC benefit hugely from fundraising and donations as they currently help support over 500 families within the Essex area and we hope to be able to help them continue in their great work across the community.
Essex Search and Rescue is a charity that was nominated by the House captains at the start of the year. They are a volunteer charity that are called out to support the police in missing person searches or assist in disasters such as strong winds and flooding. Every year thousands of people are reported missing in Essex, as they are in all counties throughout the UK. In the majority of cases they turn up safe and well – but sometimes they don’t. If the missing person is one of your loved ones, you will expect well-equipped, well-trained search and rescue professionals to bring them home safely to you. This is our way of supporting this charity and the fantastic work that they do.
Turing - http://www.rspcaessex.org.uk/
The Turing House Captains and Mrs Forster decided on an animal charity, because of the great work carried out nationally by the RSPCA. Danaher Animal Rescue is a self-funding charity, affiliated to but not funded by the RSPCA, which rescues abused and mistreated animals across Essex. The animals are cared for and nursed back to health, with a view to rehoming them with loving families. Mr and Mrs Danaher set up the charity in 1990 but lack of funding meant it was transferred to a limited company in 2006 and hence became entirely funded by voluntary contributions and the fundraising efforts of people like us. They have a small surgery unit, small animal rehoming and a new cattery and need as much support as they can get to continue to do the good work they do on a daily basis.
Winton – http://www.wipeawaythosetears.org/
Wipe Away Those Tears is a charity which aims to grant a wish and bring a sparkle into the lives of terminally or seriously ill children in Essex. They have no overheads or administration costs, so every penny that is raised goes towards helping very special children.
Wipe Away Those Tears has no cures to offer, but during desperate times when there seems to be no hope they aim to wipe away those tears and bring a sparkle into the lives of these special children, no matter how big or small. Wipe Away Those Tears is a charity very close to a number of students and staff at Notley as they are a charity who helped a very well loved student and friend, Jake Whiteside in his last few months. He sadly lost his battle with cancer in the summer of 2017. They provided a very spectacular motorised wheelchair that enabled Jake to get back some of his independence following his loss of mobility and made his last few months of life much more independent.
We will additionally be supporting some national charities. The first of which will be a Christmas Jumper day in December for Save the Children.
Miss West, Miss Stanley, Mr Newman, Mrs Forster and Miss Murdoch
Heads of House