Senior Harrodians understand the importance of building caring communities and being the difference to those less fortunate than themselves. This thoughtful and considerate attitude towards others is expressed through an amazing range of activities. They engage with communities and charities across the world, both individually and in teams. As volunteers and able fundraisers they have recorded many memorable achievements.
Recent highlights include one of our Lower Sixth students who overcame his fear of heights to take part in a sponsored skydive that raised over £6,000 and a girl from our 14s who walked to and from school each day for two weeks carrying a heavy 20-litre jerry can of water to bring awareness to the considerable number of people worldwide with no access to clean water and raised over £5,000 for charity in the process.
There are also a number of regular charity initiatives organised by our pupils that take place on an annual basis. Examples of these are:
- Sixth Form Charity Dinner (last year's event raised over £18,000).
- 14s and 15s (Years 10 and 11) Christmas present-wrapping scheme for women and children at the Sutton Women's Centre.
- Our Harrodian Youth Philanthropy Initiative (HYPI), unique to the school, involves all our pupils in the 13s (Year 9) and inspires them to work with, and fundraise for, local grass-root charities.
- Our 13s (Year 9) Enterprise Fair, where pupils make and sell their own products with profits donated to charity.
- The Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme actively engages our Senior pupils on a regular basis as volunteers at local community centres, rest homes and neighbourhood schools.
- Bobstacle, a sponsored team-based challenge, organised by our 13s (Year 9) in order to raise money for charity.
There is ample opportunity for our Senior pupils to get involved and show their support for a number of causes. Some of the activities they organise include cake sales, raffles, sponsored activities, collections, donating clothes, books and other belongings, participating, and also performing in local community events.
The Seniors make a big difference to a number of charities and organisations. However, when fundraising efforts are combined with those of the whole school, targets can be even more ambitious. For this reason, our pupils are always very keen to participate in annual, whole-school charity events. Examples of such initiatives are:
- Christmas and Summer Fairs
- Remembrance Day
- Christmas Jumper Day
- Mufti days / Jeans for Genes
- International Book Day
- Charity Fashion Shows
- Food, clothing and toy collections (for charities like Samara's Aid Appeal)