Students at MGGS organise and take part in many charity events throughout the year, either as form groups, year groups or even the whole school. Each form group is responsible for organising one charity event each during the academic year, for which they can decide upon the charity that they wish to support. In the past we have seen the students dress up, take part in crazy sporting events, hold numerous cake and sweet sales and have sponsored workouts. Students have chosen to support local charities such as Demelza House and Slideaway and national charities such as SUDEP, MIND and Cancer Research UK to name a few. We have close links with two schools in Nepal and we have been supporting them through charity work following the earthquake in April 2015. In the academic year 2015-2016, students at MGGS raised an impressive £13,169 for charity. The school participated in the Kent Messenger ‘You Can Help’ campaign to support the homeless in Maidstone at Christmas and the Salvation Army Christmas Present Appeal which was very successful with students bringing in lots of gifts for those less fortunate.
Sponsored events are always popular, raising large sums of money and we have parents and friends to thank for their generous support. Similarly non-uniform days are a big hit as you can imagine. For the last four years our Year 9 students have raised over £1,500 each year for Oxfam from their Oxjam concert organised by themselves from start to finish.
Rag Week is a great tradition at MGGS organised by Year 13 at the end of Term 2. It is considered by many to be the highlight of the school year both for all the amusing activities held, involving both staff and students, as well as for the money it raises for charities. The total raised during Rag Week 2015 was over £4,000. This was divided equally between a local charity, the Ellenor Hospice, and the two schools from Nepal that we have links with to help with the recovery effort following the earthquake in 2015. You can read more about the support we give to the Schools in Nepal here.