Empathy and responsibility are important to us
Our children are privileged and we teach them the importance of not taking their advantages in life for granted, but to be thankful and to consider others, and help them when they can.
We put lots of effort into charitable fund-raising every year and we are proud that, although not a large School, we have been raising comparatively large sums.
Our ‘Friends of St Andrew’s’ (FOSA) committee also works hard, organising events and fundraising. In addition to this, we have a Charities Committee composed of pupils and staff.
In the year from May 2015 to May 2016, the Charities Committee helped organise many events, and procured some trust grants; overall this came to over £28,000, as well as gifts in kind, such as Christmas toys and our Harvest Festival gifts. In addition, FOSA raised well over £22,000 with a ball.
In the year from May 2016 to May 2017, the Charities Committee helped to organise many events, and to procure some trust grants. Individuals in the community also did some outside the school, including members of the Grace Team, who between them raised over £16,000 this year. Overall, we raised in excess of £38,500 in those twelve months.
In total the community made grants of £51,000, of which £27,000 supported causes overseas and £24,000 to causes in this country.
The School supports a variety of local, national and international charities. Our main focus is on helping children. We like giving to small charities where we have personal contact, so that accountability levels are high.
We put the fun into fund-raising by trying to make every event an enjoyable one which people would want to take part in. As a result, generosity has become a natural part of the school’s culture.
We have long-standing relationships with two partner schools in Africa: The Grace School in South Africa and St Peter's in Uganda. Both have had visiting groups of pupils from St Andrew's in recent years.
You can read more about them on our Community page. We also regularly support Toybox, which cares for street children in Latin America, and Clik Sargent, which cares for families in the UK who have children with cancer.
In addition we give to many other good causes on a more ad hoc basis, mostly chosen by the Charities Committee for that particular year, and we sometimes join in campaigns, for instance to ‘Send My Friend to School’.
Our goal is to ‘make a difference’ and we are pleased that, in our annual Charity Assembly, we can see just how much a difference we have made to many who are less fortunate than we are.