Philanthropic at DGGS

At DGGS we pride ourselves on encouraging students to be socially aware at a local, national and Global scale. 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 2019/2020 are Caitlyn and Ann 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.

Philanthropic events are a pivotal part of the school community, not only bringing all year groups together but emphasising selflessness and gratitude. Whilst wanting to keep school traditions alive like Harvest Boxes and Toys to the Tree, I want to introduce abstract fundraising events which puts smiles on people's faces and contributes to less-known worthy causes.

Caitlyn 13E

Charity events may involve competitions between houses and showcasing the talents within our school community. This encourages creativity and teamwork. Furthermore, students are given the opportunity to take an active role in our school whether they are Philanthropic Monitors in their form or participating in an event. Philanthropic events are a fun part of school life but also play a significant role in our learning about the world we live in.

Ann 13B


Philanthropic Events at DGGS 2019-2020

Up and Coming Events 2019 - 2020

  • NSPCC - Get Your Sparkle On
  • Ellenor Hospice - Accumulator Challenge

Toys to the Tree

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For the past 30 years, Dartford Grammar School for Girls has celebrated “Toys for the Tree”, a tradition that we proudly take part in.  It is a time to again help those in need reminding us of the less fortunate, especially at this time of year. “A time to be thankful for what we have and each of us to consider our social responsibility to others”.

There are many families who are simply not in a position to buy presents for their children, the abandonment of animals is at a peak and so rescue centres are extremely busy at this time of year and many charities are working hard to make somebody’s Christmas a little bit better in whatever way they can. In our school, each form group worked as a team to donate money and buy a gift for a charity of their choice and “spread some Christmas spirit”.

Assemblies were held on 3rd and 5th December by Amber, Inisha and Dalia (part of the Year 12 CAS Philanthropic group) to spread the message about kindness whilst exploring the charities the school has supported in recent years. Charities such as the Bluewater Giving Tree, Great Ormond Street and Darenth Hospital continue to be popular beneficiaries.  A new one for this year was a donation for over 65 trees to be planted for the benefit of everyone in an attempt to help provide clean air.

Sanya 12G and Anju 12C

Harvest Festival 2019

During early October, DGGS hosted a Harvest day competition. Each form created their own harvest box based on any theme they chose. It was a fantastic celebration with a variety of creative and unique harvest boxes with each form competing with one another to win the prize for the best box. Another element of the competition was filling these boxes with lots of non-perishable food items and toiletries which were donated to the local food bank and Help the Aged. 

The main message behind the harvest competition was to give to those less fortunate. There are millions of people all over the world who experience food shortages and this may be hard to realise when we are so fortunate and have all the food we need. Organising this competition allowed the school to help many people who may be homeless or do not have enough money for food and so depend on food banks. This is especially the case during the winter months when there is greater need for food because of the cold weather. Therefore, hosting this event allowed our whole school to have greater awareness about the difficulties many face and contribute to such a worthy cause. 

This competition enhanced the sense of community within our school as every student in every form came together to help by making the box or bringing a donation. It also enabled us to showcase some of the many creative talents, as the photos demonstrate.

Overall, it was a successful and fun event that highlighted the importance of giving within our society. 

7I   8I   overall winner 8H   9C   10K   11H   12G Harvest box12 Harvest box sign   13E


Ann 13B 

Remembrance day 

On 11th November DGGS held a two-minute silence paying tribute to all the people who died during both wars. It also marks the day World War One ended.  In the lead up to this, we sold poppies around the school to raise money for all those whose lives have been affected by the war. Students were keen to get involved and we managed to sell a vast array of poppies. Some students even made a donation to the charity on top of the poppies that they bought.

We have yet to be told by the British Legion how much we raised but regardless of the amount, it is such an important occasion to mark one we should still learn from.  Mrs Pritchard led a thought-provoking assembly with a fellow student reading out a poem.

Halloween dress up - Mary’s Meals 

The Sixth Form students participated in a Halloween dress up day which allowed them to dress up as their favourite characters or Halloween inspired costumes to raise money for Mary’s Meals.  Mary’s Meals is a charity which aims to provide chronically hungry children with one meal every school day, encouraging education that can lift them out of poverty. The day was one filled with childhood reminiscing and laughter and we thank everyone for their participation on their day and contributions towards such a great cause!  Awards were given to Caitlin 13E and Caitlyn 12G for their fantastic efforts dressing up.

Caitlin N Yr 13 Halloween winner - added  Caitlin P Yr 12 Halloween winner - added

Pudsey Children in Need

On 15th  November, the school participated in the nationwide Children in Need day and since its establishment in 1980 the BBC's UK charity has raised over £1 billion for disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. Students paid to wear Pudsey inspired accessories which included head pieces and spotty socks. The Philanthropic CAS team in Year 13 coordinated a range of special events at lunchtime in order to raise money for the charity including a Find Pudsey hunt, a bake sale and guess the number of sweets in a jar.

An update on Toilet Twinning

Earlier this year, in July, we held a fundraiser to twin our school toilets. For this we put on a bake sale with a chocolate theme and also sold entries for the game ‘Where did Daisy do it’. Through this, we successfully raised around £70 which allowed us to twin our toilets. 

We recently received a document certifying that all of your contributions paid to construct a toilet in Jaravikuba, Mzimba district in Malawi and our toilets are now in fact twinned! Not only does this help to restore dignity in poverty stricken areas but improves sanitation which prevents illness so families can work and children can go to school. Toilets also prevent the need for open defecation which puts women at risk of being attacked. It further empowers women by allowing girls on their periods to go to school as there is access to toilets. 

As toilets are something we often take for granted, it is absolutely fantastic that our school community was able to contribute to such an empowering scheme. 

Toys for the Tree

For the past 30 years Dartford Grammar School for Girls has celebrated, “Toys for the Tree”, a tradition that we proudly take part in.  It is a time to again help those in need reminding us of the less fortunate, especially at this time of year. “A time to be thankful for what we have and each of us to consider our social responsibility to others”.

There are many families who are simply not in a position to buy presents for their children, the abandonment of animals is at a peak and so rescue centres are extremely busy at this time of year and many charities are working hard to make somebody’s Christmas a little bit better in whatever way they can. In our school, each form group worked as a team to donate money and buy a gift for a charity of their choice and to spread some Christmas spirit.

Assemblies were held on 3rd and 5th December by Amber, Inisha and Dalia (part of the Year 12 CAS Philanthropic group) to spread the message about kindness whilst exploring the charities the school has supported in recent years. Charities such as the Bluewater Giving Tree, Great Ormond Street and Darenth Hospital continue to be popular beneficiaries.  A new one for this year was a donation of over 65 trees to be planted for the benefit of everyone in an attempt to help provide clean air.

So finally, we hope you have a Merry Christmas and never stop giving and remember that a little kindness has a lasting effect.

Sanya 12G and Anju 12C

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Past Events 2018 - 2019

We raised over £8000 for our various charities in 2018 - 2019, details of events held are below;

Toilet Twinning Charity Day

This charity raises funds for people living in poor communities in the world so they have clean water, can access toilets and learn about the importance of hygiene. We organised a “Where did Daisy do it?” bingo and a “Toilet Twinning Charity Bake sale”. Both were a huge success and we managed to sell everything that was brought in and spread awareness
of the Toilet Twinning charity.


In total we raised £69.30 for the charity, meaning that we raised enough money to twin one of the school toilets with another toilet from a poorer country. It was a fantastic opportunity to get the school involved and encourage people to help disadvantaged individuals in other parts of the world. We hope in the future we can twin more toilets. 

Ann 12B

PRIDE at DGGS

In support of PRIDE and to raise awareness amongst students, we organised a rainbow photo booth with an array of pride-related props and flags for all to come, share their pride and take a nice picture whilst listening to a collaborative playlist of students' favourite LGBT+ artists. A pride flag was flown and we sold rainbow bands and rainbow lollies to symbolise solidarity
and acceptance.

Two charities benefited from the £160 we raised; Stonewall and the Trevor Project. Stonewall have played a vital role in LGBT+ related campaigns such as lifting the ban on LGB people serving in the military and allowing same-sex couples to adopt. They now work to improve inclusion in school environments and empower individuals.

The Trevor project is another amazing charity which works with suicide prevention and mental health support amongst LGBT+ people via a free helpline. This is of extreme importance considering how significantly higher suicide rates are for LGBT+ individuals and how prevalent discrimination can be in some communities.

This event not only brought individuals together from all year groups but also provided another key stepping stone for creating acceptance within our school environment. It was lovely seeing how supportive and accepting our school community is.

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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.