Charity and Community
As a school, we have a mission to inspire and cultivate a sense of charity and community.
We believe that fundraising and associated activities are a great way of motivating children, and we believe that fundraising ought to be an integral part of education. Working with charities increases a child's self-esteem, fosters social skills, and encourages a sense of social responsibility within the wider community.
The boys are always taught the importance of being mindful and sensitive to community issues and encouraged to lend a hand wherever they can. We encourage the boys to choose their own charities to support or to come up with new ways of supporting those we already support. Particular emphasis is placed on local charities, but we also recognise the importance of caring for the wider community and the world as a whole.
Some causes we support
These are a few examples of charity and community initiatives supported by boys at The Manor Boys' School.
Among the causes supported by the Pre-Prep are GOSH (Great Ormond Street Hospital), Beyond Autism, Jeans for Genes, and Ace of Clubs. Here are some examples of activities over the past year:
- Jeans for Genes – the boys could bring £1 to wear jeans instead of school uniform one day in September, and gain an understanding of children with genetic disorders and how the money raised can contribute to developing cures and provide support for their them and their families.
- Assembly with GOSH representative – understanding the work of GOSH and the needs of the children in the hospital. The boys gained an understanding of how the money raised this year would be spent, for example funding medical research and treatments, providing support for families, refurbishing wards and buildings.
- Harvest festival with the whole school – collecting donations for Ace of Clubs and raising awareness of those less fortunate than ourselves, giving thanks for what we have, and enabling the boys to understand how their donations can help homeless and vulnerable people in the local area.
- Break the School Rules Day – an idea from the School Council following discussions with boys, who came up with a list of (safe) rules they could break and pupils were charged £1 for each rule broken, raising money for our school charity.
In addition to the causes supported by the Pre-Prep, the Prep School boys also support a number of other local and national charities, including The British Legion, Children in Need, South London Cares, Friends of Clapham Common, Room to Read, and Cancer Research. Their activities over the past year include:
- Wednesday Watercolours – an art session with elderly neighbours from South London Cares and our art scholars – an opportunity to engage with people from different backgrounds and give something back to the community.
- Remembrance Sunday parade and service – pupils represent the school and remember Old Manorians who gave their lives in conflict.
- Carol service performance for South London Cares – all the boys had the opportunity to entertain socially isolated elderly neighbours and form captains then enjoyed mince pies and a conversation with them afterwards.
- Reading Challenge, in support of Room to Read – an Easter holiday reading challenge to promote literacy focus at school and to raise awareness of and money for children for whom literacy is not an expected outcome of childhood.
- Year 8 Three Peaks Challenge - physical and mental challenge for Year 8 boys with their staff and some of their parents to raise money for GOSH.