The Community Action programme has been restructured and new links have been forged with a wide range of local organisations.
Lower Sixth pupils are given the option to become involved and over 60 pupils, (half the year group), have volunteered to give up their time to the benefit of all. The varied projects included helping in classrooms and the playground at St Paul’s Junior School; assisting with swimming sessions in the Mill Hill pool for pupils from Oak Lodge – a school for those with learning difficulties; serving lunches for the elderly at a local Good Neighbour lunch club; gardening maintenance in St Paul’s churchyard; using our computer suite (in partnership with Age UK) to teach ICT skills to enthusiastic ‘mature learners’ aged 65 -85! This latter scheme drew attention from the Mayor of London, with three Mill Hill students attending County Hall for a reception to thank them for their efforts. The Times newspaper also wrote about the scheme and one of the elderly participants was quoted as saying that, ‘…when you go into a school like this, your faith is restored in young people because they don’t belittle you and they are so caring – they were real gems’.
At Mill Hill the Charity Committee forms part of the extensive network of School Councils with a particular focus on charitable fundraising, volunteering opportunities and leadership experience through “Events Organisation”. Pupils from all 10 Houses are selected annually to sit on the Charity Committee, although many choose to come back year on year to carry on their charitable work! Over the course of the year Charity Committee members are involved in the following activities:
- Leading the School body in selecting focus charities for the year
- Organising assemblies and Chapels to inform pupils about their chosen charities
- Organising events to raise money for the chosen charities – these may be small scale activities such as cake sales or non-uniform days, or larger events such as cross Foundation concerts/events
- Running the Charity Café – a Mill Hill initiative that is present at many School events
- Organising Jeans for Genes day
- Volunteering, where appropriate
In addition to the work of the Charity Committee, pupils raise money for the School’s three Overseas Partnerships in India, Nicaragua and Zambia and pupils in the Lower Sixth have the opportunity to contribute to the various initiatives through a three week placement during their summer break.
The School’s support for the work of Alford House, a youth club in Lambeth with strong links to the Old Millhillians, Homeless Action in Barnet, CRISIS, Anti-Bullying charities and The Royal British Legion and other local causes remains strong.