On Monday, the Year 13s from Dulwich College and JAGS came together to wrap presents for the Southwark-based charity Little Village, which is making sure that no child in Southwark is without a present at Christmas.
An awareness of the needs of others and an appreciation of the capacity to help are both actively promoted through the charity fund-raising and ‘service learning’ that takes place at the Junior school. Through our Wellbeing programme which has community service as part of the curriculum we aim to ensure that the boys ‘experience’ giving back to the community and give their time as well as fund-raise. The details for the Community Service learning can be read about in our ‘Wellbeing’ programme.
In terms of charities there are a wide range of charitable causes are supported and an attempt is made to strike a balance between larger national charities and those supporting people close to our own community in south-east London. Sometimes that Junior School will support charities that resonate particularly well with the Junior school age group and at other times we will join with the full Dulwich College school community and jointly support a common cause. In recent years the Junior school boys have raised money through cinema nights, book and toy stalls, cake sales, sponsored events, collecting unwanted currency, stand-up comedy competitions to name just a few events. The list is long but the involvement of the boys is always uppermost in our event planning. Charities supported over the last couple of years include MIND, Sense, Comic Relief and Sport Relief, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Shelter and NSPCC.
Year 8 pupils showed Home Alone over two lunchtimes this week in the Raymond Chandler Library to raise money for our charity partner, Save the Children.
This half term I cycled the length of Israel for the charity Norwood, who provide phenomenal care to people with physical and learning difficulties (such as autism) and their families.