St Hugh's has a long tradition of involvement in the local community, and the school continues to enjoy strong links with both Buckland Church and Buckland Church of England Primary School, as well as supporting a wide range of local, national and international charities throughout the year.
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.
Charity Update 2019-2020
This was the first year that the children decided, in their Houses, which charities they wanted to support.
Chislehurst are supporting Blue Cross
Carswell are supporting Faaze
Malvern are supporting YoCo
Bickley are supporting Trustees of Homeless, Oxfordshire
Over the year we have raised the incredible sum of £15,795.88 for these charities. This has come from the children's wonderful stalls at the Christmas Fair and the Coins for a Cause event held at the end of last term. Collections taken at the Harvest Festival, Carol service and the Pre-Prep Nativity and contributions from the second-hand uniform sales have also made a significant difference to this amount. In addition to this, a number of the pupils took part in the Flight Centre Schools triathlon and raised the incredible sum of £7,547.72.
We have been delighted to deliver the proceeds of our Harvest Festival services to the Abingdon Food Bank and to the Oxford Food Bank and we continue to work closely with the Oxford Food Bank throughout the year.
We continue to support national charities throughout the year which include Young Minds in their 'Hello Yellow' Day initiative, the annual Poppy Appeal, Children in Need, Red Nose Day, the NSPCC and others.
In addition to our local and national partnerships, we have developed relationships with organisations working across the globe. When the Years 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 what the Kensington Oval Cricket Ground in Barbados.
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). The generous support of St Hugh’s staff, parents and pupils has 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.
Three St Hugh’s members of staff were recently seconded to the Rift Valley to develop teaching facilities and to share their expertise with the schools, and we are currently supporting the training of a fully-qualified teacher, named Geoffrey, for Cedar School.