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St Hugh's has a long tradition of involvement in the local community, as well as supporting a wide range of local, national and international charities throughout the year.
Through our House fundraising initiatives, we aim to help pupils think about the ways in which people can make a positive difference to local, national and global issues and to draw attention to the characteristics of those people and organisations who do make such a difference. We encourage the children to appreciate how fortunate we are within our school community, raising awareness of those who are in need, and giving pupils opportunities to think of ways of supporting those less fortunate.
CHARITY UPDATE 2019-2020
Each of the four school Houses vote for and adopt a charity for two years and each term the children will take part in a variety of fundraising events to raise money for their chosen charities, including running stalls at our annual Christmas Fair and the Summer Fete. Representatives from the charities come in and explain how the money raised has been spent and the children are able to see the difference that their help makes. In total last year, we raised over £15,000 for these charities.
We also continue to support a wide range of local and national charities. We deliver the proceeds of our Harvest Festival services to the Abingdon and Oxford Food Banks and continue to work closely with the Oxford Food Bank throughout the year, and we support the combined Benefice and Foodbank Christmas appeal. The children thoroughly enjoy supporting the charity 'Young Minds' in their 'Hello Yellow' Day initiative and we are delighted to continue our fundraising for the annual Poppy Appeal, Red Nose Day and others.
In addition to these partnerships, we have developed relationships with organisations working across the globe. When the Year 7 and 8 children go to Barbados on their netball and cricket tours they raise money Sport for Life, Barbados, (www.sportforlifeinternational.org/) and this year they donated an amazing £10,750 in total. On each tour, the girls and boys spend a morning with the pupils who benefit from the support of this charity at the Kensington Oval Cricket Ground in Barbados.
Some of our pupils took part in the Restless Development triathlon in the summer raising the huge sum of £7,547.72 through sponsorship. Restless Development work with young people across the world who are helping to make a difference in their local communities.
Over the last few years we have also been supporting a group of ten primary schools in the Rift Valley, Kenya. The opportunity to work so closely, and with a such direct impact, has been made possible because former pupil, Rachel Owen, is a trustee of the charity HSK (Harambee Schools Kenya). We have supported a local teacher named Geoffrey through his teacher training scheme and we are delighted that he has successfully qualified and is now making a huge difference to the children at Cedar School. We also donated 300 pencils to the Harambee Schools whilst supporting 'Share a Pencil Day'. The generous support of St Hugh’s staff, parents and pupils has also enabled three new, well-stocked and much used libraries to be opened, over 100 new desks (each seating four children) to be purchased and the provision of new writing materials, clothing, shoes and sports equipment for over 250 children.
We are most grateful to have the continued support of our parents, children and staff with these initiatives.