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Every year, pupils – and staff - eagerly throw themselves into the challenge of raising money for good causes.
In the past three years alone, the School has raised a total of almost £110k for a variety of local, national and international charitable causes.
Charity fundraising is embraced throughout the school, forming a core part of our co-curriculum, and helping our pupils appreciate their roles within society and their responsibility to the wider world.
Many events and initiatives are organised by the School’s established Charities Committee, made up of staff representatives, the Interact Club, which is run by Senior Years pupils, the Junior Years Rotakids group and the High Helpers team – a group of pupils who help with the running of various fundraising events.
Some take place annually, such as the School’s Charities Christmas Fair (which benefits a number of good causes); MacMillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning; and the participation of High School swimmers in the Rotary Swimarathon. Fundraising also takes place at a number of annual school events, such as the Early Years Nativity and the School’s Autumn Concert.
But, every year, pupils and staff express a desire to back worthy causes as they come to their attention. As a consequence, the School was delighted to play a part in the hugely successful, city-wide ‘Oor Wullie Bucket Trail’ which generated an incredible £883k for the ARCHIE Foundation in 2016. Pupils in the Senior Years frequently use House events to raise money for charity, and whole-school campaigns have enabled substantial donations to be made to the likes of Dundee Foodbank and Togs for Tots.
Other charities to have benefited from the School’s fundraising in recent years include, Dundee Disabled Children’s Association, Literacy in a Box, Combat Stress. The Yard Dundee, Combat Stress, Tourette Scotland, Unicef, Cancer Research UK, Maggie’s Centre Dundee and Children 1st. And there’s no limit to the sorts of activities our pupils will organise to support good causes; ranging from bake sales and enterprise events to sparkle days and even a sponsored Edinburgh to London bike- ride!
Many of our pupils also volunteer for good and charitable causes, either through organised activities such as enrichment, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the School’s Post Exam Programme, or, inspired by their involvement in a particular fundraising campaign, in their own free time. As a result, in recent times, High School pupils have helped at Dundee Disabled Children’s Association and Dundee Foodbank, as well as conducting beach cleans in the local area.