Philanthropic at DGGS

At DGGS we pride ourselves on encouraging students to be socially aware and involved in issues in our local community. By enabling different student ideas for events to come to fruition, our students are empowered to make a difference in the lives of others. The Sixth Form Philanthropic Society work hard with all year groups to raise thousands of pounds for charities that are dear to our heart, such as Eleanor Lions Hospice, Age UK, Crisis and Warchild.  We also take part in a range of national events such as Jean for Genes, Children in Need and Red Nose Day.  Whilst we have many annual events take place during the school year, we also welcome ideas from the students, doing our best to ensure that a wide range of different events take place across the year with different students from different year groups taking ownership.

Our new Philanthropic Leaders for 2018/2019 are Cerys and Tolu in Year 13. They are assisted by the Year 13 and Year 12 CAS teams who work throughout the year to make events happen with the lower years.  They create and write the informative presentations that ensure the students know why we take the time to carry out this important work.

So far this year we have had the following events:

Jean for Genes day

Harvest Festival

Poppy Appeal

Children in Need

Toys to the Tree

Upcoming events include:

Year 7 Fun Run

In addition two more non-uniform days are scheduled in Term 3 and term 5 and year and House charity events are in the planning.  Read below to find out more about the events that have taken place to date.

Philanthropic Events at DGGS 2018-2019

Term 2 is always a busy one at DGGS for the Philanthropic Team as there are so many events taking place, both national events that we wish to support and also some of our more traditional fundraising which takes place in the run up to Christmas. All in all it has been a fantastic term with over £2500 raised to date and hope that the next term we continue to build on this total.

Christmas Fundraising - The annual Humanities Christmas Lecture took place on Wednesday 5th December and successfully raised £232 in aid of Crisis.  On Tuesday 18th staff took part in a Xmas jumper day to coincide with the school Christmas dinner in order to raise money for Save the Children.  The Sixth Formers will be holding their Annual Christmas party on Thursday 20th December and their ticket includes a donation to Centrepoint, the teenage homeless charity that work hard to ensure that children are not sleeping on the street. 

Toys for the Tree - Toys for the Tree is a DGGS tradition that has taken place for many years.  As a school we believe it is important that, as we head into a period of festivity, we take the time to remember that not everyone will have a Christmas that is magical.  There are far too many children, teenagers, adults and families who find this time of year very stressful and difficult.  Animal rescue centres see the number of animals abandoned over this period escalate significantly.  It is so important that students see that by working collectively as a form group, small donations can come together to enable them to become a significant amount which is enough to buy a gift for a charity of their choice.  In the school assembly held on the 4th and 6th December, we explored the many reasons why we hold this important philanthropic event and celebrated the students’ kindness.  Many donations went to Ellenor Lions Hospice, Willow Ward at Dartford Children’s Ward and the Bluewater Giving Tree.  When the Philanthropic Prefect Cerys and fellow team member Heather, delivered the presents to Bluewater, they were amazed at the number of stars hung on the tree, representing real children of all ages who need an act of kindness.  Along with the stack in a box ready to be added, it really brought home how important these gifts really are to those that receive them.

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Year 11: Appeal for items for the food bank - Lamiya (11P) is a police cadet and organised Year 11s to bring in items for the food bank that would benefit families and individuals.  Her focus was to steer away from food items but to focus on cleaning products such as washing up liquid, sponges, rubber gloves, furniture cleaner and glass and window cleaner, kitchen rolls, towels and tissues. Lamiya was delighted with the amount of items brought in by her year group.

Poppy Appeal - As we all know Remembrance Day is on 11th November and this year it was particularly special in that it marked 100 years since the end of World War I.  This year the Philanthropic Team sold poppies throughout the school and raised money £145 for the British Legion through the annual Poppy Appeal.   A fantastic effort all round and a special than you to those who supported this.

Sponsored Events - So many individuals and classes carried out sponsored events in order to support the day.  Overall an amazing £1300 was raised through a variety of different ideas from sponsored silences, silly hair, and netball shoot outs.  7C need a special mention as their form alone raised £355 whilst a group of friends in 10H (Anne Marie, Emily, Celona and Amy) raised £88.  As much as we would like to thank and name every individual who did give their time to be sponsored on this day there are far too many to mention but students who raised over £50 individually included Lottie in Year 10 (£215), Tharmini 7I (£78), Jada 7I (£65), Chloe 9K (£60), Olokunbi 7I (£60) and Lara 7K (£58.85).

Overall a £1600 has been sent to Children in Need from DGGS.  Everyone should be really proud of their contribution.

Cake Sale - All students were invited to donate home baked goods for a cake sale at lunchtime.  The Philanthropic Team were overwhelmed with a wide array of donations and we ended up selling the cakes over two days.  The baking was of such a high standard with the fastest selling and therefore most popular cakes being the chocolate ones and brownies.  Overall the students worked hard both at home and on the day to raise over £246

 Bake off - 9L decided to not do a sponsored event but instead to link in with the cake sale by doing a bake off that then was taken apart and sold in a cake sale. Every member of the form made a cake that had something to do with Children in Need. Some cakes were made in the shape of Pudsey's face; there were spotty cupcakes and a wide array of Pudsey or spotty biscuits and cookies.  These were brought in on the Thursday and several teachers judged the cakes by their design and appearance. Many cakes were also highly commended and the overall winners are noted below.  9L sold all of their cakes the following day at the bake sale. It was a great success and they raised lots of money.

  1. First place: Mia and Jess
  2. Second place: Eseohe
  3. Third place: Naomi

1st place bake off   2nd place bake off


3rd place bake off


‘Pudsey’ Hunt - Running throughout the day was a ‘Find Pudsey’ hunt.  Several posters of Pudsey were hidden around the school and the students had to find them.  82 students took part and raised a total of £42.  All correctly completed Pudsey Hunt forms were put into a hat and the overall winners were Adanna in 7I and Lara in 7K.

Children in Need at DGGS - Children in Need is a charity we all know well that raises money for children who are disadvantaged by supporting various projects and charities across the UK that work hard to make like a little better for those less fortunate than ourselves. This could be children who are victims of abuse, poverty, neglect or have disabilities that affect their day-to-day life.  On Friday 16th November 2018, the whole school was invited to take part in many of the events that were organised to raise money.

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October 2018 - Harvest Festival: Term 1 saw our annual Harvest Festival take place, featuring some of the best harvest boxes made by students at the school.  Although a great House competition, the reason we do this is so that we are able to help send much needed food donations into the local community where it is really needed.  The Salvation Army and Local Food Banks gratefully received a magnificent range of food items so that food parcels can be organised.  They were most excited to see boxes of biscuits, advent calendars and slightly more unusual and exotic items present in the donations; items that will just make a food parcel that little bit more special.  We would like to thank every form that contributed and we are sure that the recipients of your donations appreciate your kindness.

Once again this year we were thrilled by the standard of boxes we received and the clear amount of time and effort that went into each one across the years.  Winners for each year group are currently being decided upon.   

September – Jean for Genes Day - This was the first of three planned non-uniform days where we showed our support to Jeans for Genes by wearing denim in some form to school.   It is a charity that raises funds to support children affected by genetic disorders, of which about 6000 exist.  Some are common, such as eczema, and others very rare such as Elhlers-Danlos syndrome.  Statistics show that 1 in 25 children are affected in some way, with over 30,000 children being newly diagnosed each year in the UK.  We are proud to say that so far we have raised in excess of £900 for this great cause: a great start to the philanthropic total for the year.  This is especially important to us as Ciara, a year 8 pupil at our school suffers from the rare condition of epidermolysis bullosa and wrote a very honest and eye opening account in the latest DGGS times, explaining what it is like to live with a condition such as this.