Whether we are supporting national charity appeals or initiating Gestures of Goodwill in the community, we understand the importance of educating pupils to see the 'bigger picture' and encourage them to think of others and to help those less fortunate than themselves.
In Year 7 & 8 pupils are invited to become a Charity Champion and join a small committee who are dedicated to fundraising and organising charitable initiatives for the whole school community. The Charity Champions also have the opportunity to further their education, outside the classroom, by visiting local Charities and, where possible, helping in the community. Upon returning to school, the Champions give a presentation to the whole school, in assembly, to help spread the word and share the valuable work of those they have visited. This is an excellent life experience for them, both in experiencing first hand how different charities work and presenting to in excess of 500 people!
Below are just a few ways in which we have been able to help such wonderful causes whilst expanding the children's understanding of the world around them.
Camp For Nepal raised over £1,100 for the victims of the earthquakes in Nepal
Support for First Days in Woodley
Crosfields have been proud supporters of this fabulous Charity since September 2016. With the help of our phenomenally generous families, we have developed a strong partnership with First Days. At Christmas, parents donated over 220 items of nightwear for our Giving Tree, as well as supporting our ongoing collection of unwanted clothing, most recently Winter Warmers, for local children in need. First Days welcomed our Charity Champions with open arms when they visited their warehouse to learn how they help local families. The highlight of the trip, for the children, was to sort through and select items of clothing and toys for a family who had been referred.
Wokingham Food Bank & Readifood
Annually we hold a Harvest Festival where food donated goes to local Food Banks. This year, we were able to donate 253.10kgs to Wokingham Food Bank and 379.35kgs to Readifood - as you can imagine, this is an incredible volume! The Charity Champions were responsible for packing all the goods to send on to the Charities. In addition to bringing in donations, pupils attended an assembly, hosted by the Reverend from Shinfield St. Mary's, who reinforced the message to look out for those less fortunate.
Entertaining Local Residents
Residents of local care homes were thrilled to join us to watch performances in our Theatre and stay for a hot drink and cake, served by our wonderful Charity Champions!
Helping on an International Scale
Since 2014, we have been supporting the Uphill Junior School in Uganda. From initially donating obsolete school uniform items, which the children at Uphill wear with such pride, we have since raised funds through our Parents' Association and, for the first time in December 2016, the Charity Champions ran a stall at our Christmas Fair. Our relationship with the Uphill Trust continues to grow and we look forward to being able to support them for many years to come.