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.
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!
Last year City girls selected the Mercy Ships charity. This is an international charity and the world's largest hospital ship which provides free medical care and humanitarian aid to some of the poorest people in Africa. Our target for the year was to raise over £10,000 for this deserving cause, in total we succeeded our target and raised £15,000. The money was raised through a variety of fundraising activites, including a 11 mile sponsored walk from Hampton Court to Kew Bridge and a quiz night hosted by the Senior school. The girls also supported other causes, such as Jeans for Genes Day, Pink Day, Good Gifts, and organised donations for an annual harvest festival, which benefits the homeless.
In the academic year for 2011 to 2012, City girls selected the Unseen (UK) charity. Our target for the year is to raise over £10,000 for this deserving cause. The girls have also supported other causes, such as Jeans for Genes Day, Pink Day, Help for Heroes, and organised donations for an annual harvest festival, which benefits the homeless.
2010 - 2011
City girls selected the Msizi Africa charity as the focus for the school’s main fundraising activities for academic year ending in 2011. Students sang carols at Liverpool Street station and participated in the eleven mile sponsored Walk.
In February, Students also donated over £2,000 for the Haiti Earthquake Appeal.
2009 - 2010
In 2009, City girls selected Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT). The girls fundraising efforts were innovative and produced tremendous results. The programme included a sponsored walk, staff ‘University Challenge’, ‘Dress Up’ day in the theme of a book character and a talent show.
In December, City gave the TCT a cheque for over £15,000!