Charity at King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls
Fund raising for special causes is an integral part of the school year, one of the biggest whole school events is the annual Miss King Edward VI Handsworth (Miss KE) competition which rounds off Children in Need week, One pupil per form creates and models a themed outfit, perform a talent and are judged by a panel of teachers. All this is mixed in with loud music, lots of cheering your own form and seeing how many of the free sweets you can grab. The Year 10 form that raises the most money during Children in Need week wins the right to organise the following years Miss KE competition.
The running total for this year's charity donations currently stands at:£15 854
Our charities for 2015-16
In 2015-16 students and staff raised a fantastic £20,346.64.
Pupils were involved through the school council in nominating and selecting a range of charities for the school to support. The pupils chose a range of local and international causes aimed at children and adults. Some events are special to us, others would be impossible to not be involved with.
MacMillan Coffee Morning. Pupils and staff bake cakes and sell them in aid of Macmillan nurses. =
Dahliscious Day. Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.
LEPRA. Year 7 fund raising fighting disease, poverty and prejudice.
Children in Need. A week of form organised sponsored events and money raising activities finishing with Miss KE and a non uniform day.
Poppy Appeal. Supporting the British Armed Forces past and present.
NSPCC. One of the issues that the NSPCC campaigns for is Young Peoples Mental Health, one of our year 12 “Envision” groups has taken this as the cause they want to raise awareness of. This ties in with the 2nd charity selected by the school charity council which was to help young people with mental health issues. As an illness which is likely to affect one in four people the student body felt it was important to raise awareness of it.
Comic Relief (who also organise Sports Relief)
Brain Tumour support. A charity that has supported the family of one of our pupils. This charity was selected by the student charity council during a whole school selection process.
Race for life: the new senior prefect team organise a Pink themed day with cake sales and our own “Race for life” event around the school grounds. This raises funds for Cancer Research UK.
In addition there are opportunities to respond to International disasters, for example this year we held a special collection in aid of the Nepal Earthquake appeal.
In addition the school has supported “Harry’s footsteps” which send shoes to Africa, Old text books and unused ICT equipment is also sent to developing countries after being suitably prepared. We also send shoeboxes of Christmas gifts each year for the Christmas shoe box appeal.