Charity work has always been an important part of the Girls’ Prep ethos and we encourage every girl to utilise her own talents and creativity in order to support worthy causes.
We actively encourage and support girls to participate in a range of fundraising activities and enterprise opportunities. Numerous fundraising events are held and celebrated throughout the year, reinforcing the School’s motto, ‘Amor nos semper ducat’ –‘May love always lead us’, and under-pinning our ethos to serve and respect others.
At the start of the academic year, all girls are given the opportunity to nominate a charity for the School to support over the course of a term. Girls then present to the School Council, detailing the reasons why the charity is important to them and the reasons why the School should choose the charity. Once a shortlist has been made, they are presented to the whole School in an assembly where the girls are able to vote for which charities are to be supported. The Maekok Village project in Thailand has benefitted from the charitable efforts of the girls. Projects have included the building of a nursery in the village and we are looking forward to seeing photos soon. We try, wherever possible, to invite a representative from the charity into School to present an assembly in order to broaden the girls’ knowledge of the importance of the charity.
Charity events have included cakes sales, filling raisin boxes with silver coins, a sponsored hula hoop, guess the teacher from their baby photos, guess how many sweets are in a jar, name the bear, growing the tallest sunflower and a ‘bring and buy’ toy sale, to name but a few. As part of their Personal Development, Year 6 made hand-crafted items to sell to the rest of the School, raising over £800!
As well as our chosen charities, we have also supported Comic Relief, raising over £500 to see the Head being ‘gunked’. We held a mufti day for ‘Jeans for Genes’ day and sent our Harvest Festival food collections to the Kingston Food Bank. We also actively encourage and celebrate individual girls' fundraising initiatives through assemblies and our weekly newsletter.