Community action beyond the classroom
Davison CE High School for Girls provides students with opportunities and learning experiences for active citizenship, which is a valued strength of our school. We actively seek out and support initiatives which benefit community organisations and projects at home and further afield. Giving students a sense of pride and achievement knowing their actions and involvement have made a positive impact and long-lasting difference to the lives of others. Our students and dedicated team of staff, enthusiastically participate in fundraising and volunteering activities, unitising their skills to support charitable organisations and a variety of worthy causes.
Community Prefects – embody active citizenship at Davison which inspires other students to get involved in community action and fundraising initiatives. These dedicated prefects volunteer their time in many ways to support local community and school activities, such as running stalls at charity Summer Fayres, serving refreshments at events and organising Santa’s Grotto at the school Winter Fayre. The 2019/2020 Community Prefects raised an outstanding £1,075.25 for local charity ‘Care for Veterans’. Their achievement was acknowledged when they received the ‘Star Fundraiser Award’. We are extremely proud to have such a fantastic team of students who have helped our school foster strong links and partnerships within the local community.
World Challenge – overseas travel is one of the most empowering forms of learning possible. Over the last eight years Davison students and staff have visited Ghana four times, giving students the opportunity to become true life-learners and global citizens. Students organise various fundraising events to fund their trip. Whilst in Ghana, previous students and staff have dug foundations for schools, built and painted classrooms and enriched the education of local children whilst learning valuable life lessons themselves. These trips have given students the opportunity immerse themselves in a different culture, grow in self-confidence, experience how important team work is and to view the world from a different perspective
Book Buddies – is a joint venture between Davison and Springfield Infant School and Nursery. Year 9 & 10 Davison students visit Springfield before morning registration, to support students in Year 1 & 2 with their reading and literacy activities. This successful partnership between both schools is a wonderful way for Davison students to inter-act with younger students. Whilst using their abilities to make learning fun and be an invaluable asset in strengthening the Springfield student’s reading and literacy skills.
Chanctonbury Community Play Scheme – provides respite care for 4 weeks every summer to children with physical and learning difficulties in West Sussex. Students in Year 10 & 11 have for many years volunteered their time to help at this very special play scheme during their summer break. Each day is different, offering a range of activities such as messy art, music and swimming. Visiting entertainers run, yoga, zumba and puppet shows and organised trips out included activities such as archery, go-karting and horse riding. This extremely rewarding opportunity allows students to make new friends, have fun and be part of something magical, action packed and enriching.
MENCAP – this national charity’s vision, is a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included. Davison students have supported the MENCAP ‘Sport & Fun Day’ at Worthing Leisure Centre for many years. On this day, people with varying levels of learning disabilities come together to enjoy a wide range of sporting and craft activities. Being part of this special community event, gives our students a massive sense of achievement, boosting their self-confidence whilst connecting to their wider society.
Carols for the Community – this festive occasion is a hugely popular event in our school calendar. Over 80 invited guests from local care homes, charities and organisations join us for an afternoon of entertainment. Our school choir sing carols throughout the afternoon, there’s a drama performance from Year 7 students, bible and Christmas readings by our Head Girl and Deputy Prefects. Children from the ‘Davison Day Nursery’ showcase their own delightful rendition of Christmas songs. Refreshments are served alongside mince pies made by our students. Father Christmas even makes an appearance! This wonderful afternoon is full of community spirit, giving everyone involved a sense of togetherness and joy at this special time of year.