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
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, £12, 000 to Whizzkids, £18, 300 to the National Deaf Children's Society, £13, 000 to Barnardo's and £6000 to Wooden Spoon and the Lord's Taverners.
Last year our chosen charity was PHAB, a national organisation which provides respite care in the form of activities and residential trips for disabled children. We worked with the established PHAB team at Merchant Taylors’ which runs a Friday Club and an Easter residential week based at the school.
This year we are supporting Magic Breakfast which helps over 500 schools provide a nutritious breakfast for around 41,000 children every school day. 500,000 children in the UK leave home in the morning without having had breakfast which affects their concentration and learning. Money that St John’s raises over the course of this year will help even more children who are missing out on this essential kick start to the day.
St John’s is also involved with several annual fund raising projects. The St John’s Association organises a Macmillan coffee morning each year. Comic Relief is a favourite day with boys coming in fancy dress and sporting red noses while raising money for this excellent cause.
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.