We educate the whole boy at Thorpe House, which means academic achievement whilst important, isn’t our only goal. All boys are expected to display good manners, respect one another and those in the wider community, and to think about those less fortunate than themselves.
One of the ways in which we do this is by encouraging them to give and to raise money for charitable causes. Charitable events take place throughout the school year and are usually spearheaded by the school House Captains. Each Senior House chooses a charity to support during the academic year as do the Pre-Prep and Prep Departments. The biggest fundraising event is our annual charity week which not only raises several thousand pounds for the nominated charities; it also brings out the boys’ leadership and fundraising skills. Last year, the Prep and Senior charity week raised over £2000 for Macmillian Cancer Support through a combination of House bake sales, egg and bacon buttie sales, a green mufti day, a coffee morning for parents and the donation of monies that would have been spent on their hot lunch (the boys brought in packed lunches).
Pre-Prep also ran a series of four House charity days facilitated by the house captains, to raise money for Daisy’s Days, an organisation fundraising for an inspirational nine year old girl recently diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma (a rare form of childhood bone cancer).
In addition to charity week and charity days, we support Jeans for Genes, The Movember Foundation, The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, Comic Relief, Sports Relief and the Breast Cancer Appeal. We provide food for the homeless in Slough and London through our Harvest Festival collection and we send Christmas boxes to disadvantaged children in Eastern Europe and the Middle East by supporting the Love in a Box appeal. We also donate the proceeds from collections taken at the school Christmas concerts and services to a nominated charity.
Charity events aren’t always planned weeks in advance; when typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in December 2013, the staff and boys’ pulled together to raise almost £4000 for the relief fund.
In a typical school year we raise over £15,000 for charitable causes (often much more) and in doing so, we are hopefully teaching the boys that helping others, in whatever capacity possible is the right way to live their lives.