The school’s Mission committee is a team of Sixth Form students, assisted by a member of staff. They are responsible for the dynamic programme of charity fundraising events, which, at the end of the year, goes towards a chosen charity. The committee helps the remaining student community to select the main charity for the year by developing a short listing of charities, presenting them to the school and the school voting for their preferred charity.
This year, Mission continues to sponsor Street Child and have raised roughly £15,000 through the Summer Fair, Sponsored Walk and the Teaching v Support Staff netball match, to help Street Child continue its invaluable work improving the lives of less fortunate children worldwide.
In October, in preparation for an A-level school trip to Guatemala, where City girls helped out at a local school, Los Ninos de Guatemala, Mission held a hugely successful collection for stationery supplies for the children there. The collection box was filled up continuously, with donations coming throughout all year groups, including Prep. Los Ninos de Guatemala not only provides education for children, but also a support structure for their family and the success of this collection demonstrated how much City girls can achieve working together as a whole to make an impact on others who are less fortunate.
Mission was led by pupils Ania Gordon and Gabi Mendelsohn for 2014-2015. Prior to being elected as Heads of Mission, the girls stated:
“We believe charity is not only about giving money but also giving time and making it enjoyable in the process. We want to involve the entire school in mission projects and actively give something back for the opportunities we are so fortunate to have. We believe that life is not about what you get but really about what you give."
The girls were vigilant in their efforts, and arranged various events and activities to raise funds for Street Child, who the students re-elected for this academic year.
The year began very successfully, with the girls teaming up with French teacher, Mr Tyrell, who shaved his head in order to help raise funds. The effort raised over double the target amount to over £15,000. Additional fundraising activities brought the total to over £33,000 and included:
- Superhero Day
- Teachers’ University Challenge
- Valentine’s Day events
- Movie Night
- Annual Sponsored Walk
- Annual Mission Fete
As a result of donations received, the school was able to assist over 11,000 orphans in Sierra Leone, suffering after the devastating Ebola crisis.
2013 - 2014
The charity for 2013 - 2014, which has been selected by a democratic vote within the student body, is Street Child, whose main aim is to act to reduce the number of children living on the streets of Sierra Leone, one of the poorest countries in the world. Mission has been full of activities during the last school year, with a number of bake sales, milkshake sales, our annual sponsored walk and street fair and an animal costume day. Money
has also been raised through the re-sale of lost property items and the staff and students are constantly coming up with new ideas and activities.
The major event of the Spring Term was our Charity Quiz and Auction Night, with the support of CLSG Friends, which was a fantastic event that raised money for Street Child and the Brookwood Partnership charities which include Build Africa, Springboard and Magic Breakfast. The annual Sponsored Walk took place on the 27th June, where students from Year 7 - 13 and many staff members enjoyed this major fund raising event. Heads of Mission, Charlotte and Carolyn have been great leaders and we look forward to seeing what 2014-2015 will bring!