Radnor House Sevenoaks is supportive of a myriad of charities and volunteer organisations and aims to introduce children to the benefits of charitable giving, both of time and money from an early age.
In addition to various community focused days through the year, all members of the school community work hard to raise significant sums for a variety of charitable causes at international, national and local levels:
• International - The School Council meets regularly to review the long term relationship the school has with its existing international partner and decides annually whether to continue supporting the charity for a further academic year.
• National - The School Council meets at the start of the new academic year to decide on three potential national charities which the school might like to support for the next twelve months. Radnor House then holds an exceptional whole-school assembly where various student speakers make the case for their particular charity. All children attending the assembly then vote and decisions are made shortly thereafter.
• Local - Radnor House holds an annual community involvement day called Make a Difference Day (MaDD) during which all pupils and staff spend a full day working in a local charity, school or voluntary organisation. From a long list of 20-30 centres, the MaDD team identify four centres with particularly strong links to the school and then allocate each one of these centres to one of the four school houses.
The collection and distribution of funds is overseen by the FoRH7 Committee and money tends to be split roughly equally between the three geographic regions as outlined above.
In addition, the school holds a special charities assembly each October and invites representatives from the various charities to explain how the money will be used and what their challenges are for the future.
The 2017/18 charities have been selected and are as follows:
National - Macmillan Cancer Support
1) Hospice in the Weald, Pembury (Churchill)
2) Leonard Cheshire, Chipstead Lake (Pankhurst)
3) Foal Farm Animal Rescue Centre, Biggin Hill (Nightingale)
4) West Kent Mind, Sevenoaks (Newton)