At St John’s we believe that it is important that boys are taught about life beyond their own experience and to value people less fortunate than themselves. We support one charity each year and raise money through various activities for their work.
Charity and Community
“Pupils’ concern and compassion are expressed as they proactively seek to improve the lives of those less fortunate in both local and international situations through their extremely successful charity fundraising.”
ISI Inspection report 2016
St John's Charities
Every year we choose a charity to support. In the past few years we have been involved with International charities such as Wateraid, World Vision, Red Cross and 'Build a School.' Closer to home we have given £24,000 to Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, £17,000 to the NSPCC, £15,900 to Whizzkids, £18,300 to the National Deaf Children's Society, £13,000 to Barnardo's, £11,000 to PHAB, and, most recently, £11,000 to Magic Breakfast.
Last year our chosen charity was Playskill, a local organisation running parent and child term time groups for pre-school children with special needs – you will find information about their work on the link below to our school charity page. Due to the School having had to curtail its fundraising efforts on account of the pandemic, we will be continuing to support this charity for the current academic year.
St John’s also holds an annual Charity Day and other fund raising events through the year. The St John’s Association organises a Macmillan coffee morning each September. Comic Relief is a favourite day with boys coming to school in fancy dress and sporting red noses while raising money for this excellent cause. We also have fun raising money for MacMillan, Make a Wish and Save the Children on our Christmas Jumper Day.
St John’s in the Community
We raise money for the Royal British Legion each year and the presence of the NATO Base in Northwood means Armistice Day is always marked and two minutes silence kept. Our Head and Deputy Head boys join with the local community at the Cenotaph in Northwood to lay a wreath on behalf of the School. In November 2014 we had several pupil-led assembly presentations to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1 and to keep the memory alive of those young men who made the ultimate sacrifice in that war and many since.
We have links with the Sunshine House RNIB school for blind and partially sighted children with significant learning difficulties and disabilities in Northwood. We visit with a small group of musicians at the end of each term and our efforts are always enthusiastically received by staff and pupils alike.
We also take our Senior Choir, Brass Group, Chamberlain Wind Ensemble and Senior Recorder Group to Erskine Hall Care Home on the Watford Road to entertain the residents and chat with them over tea afterwards. This is always a highlight of the Autumn term for all involved and marks the beginning of the festive season.