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 their own charity event each during the academic year, and each year group supports their own charity, voted for by the students. 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 were proud to have held our first MGGS Christmas Market in December 2017 for the Against Malaria Foundation. Sixth form students worked on the project as part of their Sixth Form Enrichment Programme and arranged for independent sellers to sell homemade crafts in school, alongside many stalls set up by our students, including a themed Harry Potter and Frozen room. There was even a Santa’s Grotto for our younger visitors to enjoy.
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 last academic year, students at MGGS raised an impressive £15,059 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 five 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 2017 was over £4,000. This was donated to 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.
Well done to all of the students who helped to organise fundraising events and who were generous in their donations this year. We look forward to another successful year next year!