Supporting charities and developing community links are an intrinsic part of life at Pitsford School. Pupils develop empathy for others through planning, good organisation, hard work, and raising funds for their chosen charities. Pitsford School continues to develop and nurture links with the local and wider community. Recent community links include hosting an Art Exhibition showcasing the works of one hundred Northamptonshire artists. This was a charity event arranged by PitsfordART in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Nene Valley with all proceeds being donated to the Northampton General Oncology Ultra Sound Scanner Appeal The Exhibition attracted over 600 visitors and raised over £3,200 towards the appeal.
Pitsford School also holds an annual Stargazing Evening where the local community are invited to come along and explore the night sky with expert astronomers from the Northamptonshire Natural History Society. Children from local schools in the community are also regularly invited to Pitsford School for a variety of events including Tag Rugby, Cubs & Scouts and Science Olympics.
Junior School Charity Support
Each of the three Houses, raise money for a charity, usually local, of their choice. The House holds an assembly to tell Junior School pupils about the charity which has been chosen. Often a representative of the charity comes in to speak to the children as well. The House may have a mufti day, a cake sale or a sponsored event to raise funds. In addition, the whole Junior School works together to raise money for one overseas charity. As part of an ongoing initiative which we call Pennies for Makeni, the children collect loose change each week for the Makeni Ecumenical Centre in Lusaka. We have currently raised in excess of £600.
Senior School Charity Support
In the Senior School, each year group chooses a charity for which they work together and raise money over the course of the year. The pupils themselves decide which activities to run and then they are responsible for organising the events.
Recent charities include:
Year 7 NSPCC Childline
Year 8 Lepra Charity
Year 10 Crisis at Christmas
Year 10 – Crisis at Christmas
The Year 10’s chose the charity Crisis at Christmas. This charity raises money for homeless people and £21.62 reserves a place at Crisis for Christmas for someone who is homeless, giving them three hot meals, comfort and support and the chance to make a whole new start.
Year 10 decided to try to raise £518.88 in two weeks which equates to one homeless person for every member of the year. They ran a cake stall and gift stall at the School Christmas Gift Fayre, sold snacks at break time, provided refreshments at the Pitsford Run and ran the infamous Pitsford Chocolate Raffle. The grand total from was a mammoth £1,130.48 which will provide just over 52 Christmases for the homeless.
Year 8 - Lepra Charity
Following a visit from a representative from The Lepra Charity, Year 8 decided to raise money to help this worthy cause.
The charity aims to support and help people with tropical diseases such as leprosy and lymphatic filanasis. These diseases carry significant stigma leaving large numbers of people isolated from their communities and in need of help and support.
Year 8 worked hard together over a number of weeks. They washed cars, baked and sold cakes and held a FIFA 15 Competition to name just a few of the activities. Their hard work paid off and they raised a superb £700!