Educating pupils to see the 'bigger picture'
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 the Senior School pupils work in small committee groups and are dedicated to fundraising and organising charitable initiatives for the whole school community. Students also have the opportunity to further their education, outside the classroom, by visiting local charities and, where possible, helping in the community.
Children throughout the school take part in House charity events and many children independently raise money for a charity close to their hearts. This is something we encourage and are massively proud of. Among many other personal fundraising initiatives, children have cycled, run, swum, chopped hair, given up birthday money, climbed mountains and made cards, to name but a few initiatives, to support charity.
Below are some examples of the ways in which we have, as a school, 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 and 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 the Charity Champions ran a stall at our Christmas Fair. Crosfields now sponsors two children by funding their education at the Uphill Junior School. Our relationship with the Uphill Trust continues to grow and we look forward to being able to support them for many years to come.