A Sevenoaks staff team is supporting the volunteer work coordinated by Sevenoaks District Council to support vulnerable people in the local community. We have also enjoyed helping our friends in the Almshouses with their shopping and collecting prescriptions, as well as delivering fresh fruit and vegetables.
Pupils across the school have enthusiastically made contact with older people both in Sevenoaks and in their home communities. During the Easter break 50 pupils designed Easter cards with messages of support to the elderly. These were sent to Kippington Care Home and posted to local residents, many of whom replied with thanks for our students' kind thoughts and good wishes.
The Technology department are creating personal protective equipment (PPE) and respirators to be used by frontline NHS staff. The Science faculty have donated over 600 pairs of science googles to a local Primary Care Network of GPs who are in desperate need of this protective kit in order to take the pressure off hospitals.
We have also been able to donate significant quantities of food and hygiene supplies to local organisations, including surplus products from our boarding houses and Catering department.
Internationally, we have supported Education for All to help girls have access to remote learning. The girls usually attend their boarding schools in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. While they are not able to go to school, Education for All is supporting them by providing internet access and devices. This link enables you to donate to support their remote learning.
Sevenoaks students have used previously raised funds and launched a new appeal (details here) to enable EduSpots volunteers in rural Ghana to create hand-washing stations and reopen the EduSpots education 'spots' to start book loaning systems during this period. Ghanaian children have been at home for over a month, with many having no access to educational resources or online platforms. Our students have also been creating a range of 'Stay at Home' STEM and literacy challenges, which have been circulated widely across Ghana and the UK.
Funds raised as part of the South Africa Partnership project have been used to enable Donovan Julius, who visited Sevenoaks School in October 2019, to run a community soup kitchen for vulnerable and elderly people across Suurbrack, driving into the hills each day.
Pupils have led a range of initiatives in their home communities and internationally. Agata in the Lower Sixth has created a movement entitled #studentsunite which is supporting the emergency health work of Médecins Sans Frontières across Europe. Andrea and Elizabeth (Year 10) have started the #GetWellSoonWorld campaign to spread positivity during the pandemic.