Four schools - four charities
Varndean has a proud tradition of charitable giving that is also reflected in our rewards system. Each year students choose a charity for their individual school.
Angelou- The Rainbow trust
Turning- The Clock Tower Sanctuary
Ellis- Sussex Nightstop
In the past few weeks we have seen a mass of activity within our 4 schools, each working to raise money and awareness for their chosen charity.
Russell School kicked things off with a bake sale, they decided to stay with VSIP-Zambia this year. Last year their fundraising built the library, this year they want to fill it with books.
Angelou School held their Angelou’s got talent event and proved to everyone that they really have got talent! It was lovely to see an event with a community feel which included parents. Angelou School are raising money for The Rainbow Trust. They liked the way The Rainbow trust works to support the whole family when faced with life limiting challenges.
Ellis School followed on a week later with their Ellis Extravaganza. This is the third year of Ellis School hosting such an event, and it gets big and better each year. Again it was lovely to see parents, friends and family members joining the students. Ellis School are supporting Sussex Nightstop this year and have even had the chance to talk to the charity during a school lunch hour. This event also allowed them to share with the audience about the work of Sussex Nightstop and the need for hosts.
Turing School decided to take their performance out of school and went busking in town. Their in school activity was a bake sale, and the cakes went down very well (and quickly)
They also decided to support the homeless in Brighton and are fundraising for The Clock Tower Sanctuary. In addition to their fundraising the are also collecting in each form a selection of items requested by The Clocktower Sanctuary which will be handed over on December 19th when representatives from The Charity come in to talk to students about their work.
The four School Charity teams have decided on the following charities to support this academic year:
Angelou - WWF
Russell - Village Schools Improvement Project Zambia
Turing - Connor Saunders Foundation
Ellis - Young Minds
Students have been working hard with several fundraising events having taken place already.
Please see the gallery of charity work at Varndean.
In 2015-2016 we raised a staggering total of £9739.17!
This smashes the huge total of £6021.76 raised by students during 2014-2015 which was a school record breaker in itself.
Ellis School - British Heart Foundation. Ellis students raised money with the Ellis Extravaganza, a cabaret event organised and realised by students, an inter-form fund raising challenge and a May fun lunch time. They raised a phenomenal £2973.45 which won their school the charity cup.
As a school we have benefitted from a grant from the British Heart Foundation in the form of kit for CPR training, as the foundation supports all action to combat heart disease. All students in Years 8, 9 and 10 have had sessions on a High Impact day in CPR.
Angelou School – Bethany’s Wish. A small charity fund raising money to support research into WILM’s disease along with other children’s cancers. They also support families affected by the disease. Angelou students held a community Spring fiesta with family games and food stalls run by students and parents. Students also delivered love hearts for Valentine’s day as part of their fund raising. Angelou students raised £1996.42
Russell School – Daisy’s Dream. This small charity works to support children who have been bereaved. Students in the Russell team held lots of cake sales, a raffle and summer fun event. Money was also raised by a member of staff and two students completing the Colour Run, helping them to raise £1816.88
Turing School – Action Aid. Last years’ charity cup winners, Turing School increased the total they raised by £200 but finished fourth which just shows how high the standards have been raised. Turing were raising money for Action Aid, an international charity supporting people in extreme poverty, and are hoping their money will go to help projects in Myanmar. Turing students held a Christmas fair and a penalty shoot-out. In total Turing raised £1659.42
All four schools also raised funds with two non-uniform days and converted their achievement points, awarded for academic effort and excellent behaviour and community participation, into cash for their charities.
In addition to the above, students and staff at Varndean responded to a local idea to convert a double decker bus into a school and take this bus to the refugee camp in Calais. Having raised £1293 from a non-uniform day and donations, we were very pleased to hear that the bus made its first journey in September and was very well received.