Writing: Josh Jones (Year 13)
Photography: William Piper (Year 13)
As a part of the wide-ranging Challoner’s Baccalaureate, the Sixth Form take part in the Charity Challenge. Each of the 10 divs has to choose a charity and develop a way of raising money for them. The most innovative div would have their charity selected as the focus of the next Charity Day, adding over £2000 onto their own contribution to the cause.
Within the 10 divs we had a spectrum of different fundraising ideas including cake sales, food bank collections and a crossbar challenge. In third place was div 13.3 who raised over £200 for Cancer Research by organising a teachers football match on the field at lunch time. This was very popular and the many great goals scored by Mr Thompson, the bicycle goal from Mr Colquhoun and Mr Buckland with his cartwheel celebration will be remembered fondly. Div 13.2 who went into Abbeyfield Care Home in Amersham and organised an afternoon of events including bingo and a free raffle. They raised over £100, which paid for these activities and also supported Alzheimer's Research UK. For their great idea, very different from the others, and for over 30 cumulative hours of volunteering time they placed second. In first place was div 13.1, whose idea was Ties for Lives. They asked students to bring in £1 to wear weird, wacky and wonderful ties for the day and they managed to raise over £500 for their charities, Young Minds and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. They then chose to donate their portion of the Charity Day total to bone cancer research, in solidarity with the High School.Liberty's Fund for Ewing's Sarcoma Research
It was a very successful challenge for Year 13. Amongst the footballs flying, the ties flapping and the tins of food rolling Year 13 raised over £1200, collected more than 150kg of food and toiletry items and completed many hours of volunteering. As the charities senior prefect it was very fulfilling to oversee and I’m glad so many people got involved.