Fundraising for charities is very important at St Nicholas’ School. A Charity Committee of pupils and staff has been set up to meet to discuss fundraising ideas. The aim is to encourage pupils to think of ways of helping others and organising themselves to raise funds for their chosen charities, local and national. Harvest collections, Macmillan coffee mornings and St Nicholas’ Day provide annual opportunities for this to occur. The wider school community also comes together, running, walking (even 3-legged!) with face paints and dressed in plenty of pink, to raise money for Cancer Research UK at our own Race for Life in the School grounds. Amongst others, the Brain Tumour Trust, Step by Step and Save the Children are regularly supported by St Nicholas’ School.
Community Being active in our community is of significant importance to the School. Alongside offering charities and trusts, such as The Rotary Club and Phyllis Tuckwell, the use of our facilities, pupils regularly engage in activities with their local community. Choirs singing at local retirement villages and street festivals, and orchestras playing at nursing homes are examples of how this is achieved. More recently we were also delighted to be able to support the Fleet Lions Christmas Concert as pupils from Year 10 volunteered in various roles such as programme distribution, showing people to their seats and serving refreshments.
The school’s responsibility to our wider community is fully appreciated and welcomed. The appointment of Eco-Reps from each form, who meet regularly to discuss how we can affect change in our environment, highlights the importance of understanding how we can make a positive difference to the wider environment. Becoming more sustainable is at the forefront of the school’s thinking. From sourcing produce locally to ensuring we increase our awareness of the journey of any packaging used, St Nicholas’ aims to encourage all pupils to ‘step up’ and play their part. Bug hotels, designing a bag for life, and a gardening club that is beginning to grow produce for use in the school’s kitchen are some examples of the innovative ways we are becoming a more sustainable school.