Southbank has a long history of involvement in charity fundraising. Central to the ethos of the IB programme is Community Service and Action. From our youngest students in EC3 through to our diploma graduates, Southbank strives to nurture a sense that no action is too small, and every effort helps create a better community locally and globally. In the Primary Years Programme, the cyclical model of ‘Think – Act – Reflect’ is a constant in student learning and development. Students are encouraged to raise awareness of issues or take steps toward change.
The school works in tandem with the PTA promoting and supporting a range of charities. They might be local or global in their scope but the guiding rationale we employ is that our children can make authentic connections with charitable endeavour and develop a genuine sense that their actions, however small, can make a positive difference. As an IB school we also link such activity with the IB Learner Profile and PYP Attitudes.
Our major focus across our campuses currently lies with the following charities:
- Ashford Place – This charity runs a day centre providing services and support for homeless men in our local community. Many of our students have visited the centre to help deliver the proceeds of our annual charity collection, enabling them to meet and talk to the users of the centre. a town meeting.
- CLIC Sargent – This is a children’s cancer charity for which Grade 5 students and members of the choir have an opportunity to perform in the Royal Albert Hall every December as part of a children’s holiday concert fundraiser.
- Kids for Kids – Internationally we support the charity Kids for Kids. Money raised goes towards providing practical assistance such as the provision of livestock and fresh water for families in Darfur. When they leave Southbank, students have a goat donated in their name to Kids for Kids. This is organised by the PTA.
- Henderson Court – Henderson Court is a resource centre near the school funded by the charity Age UK Camden which offers a wide range of day opportunities for anyone who is 60 or over.
- Make A Wish Foundation – The school choir chose to support this charity, which helps children and young people aged between 3 and 17 living with life threatening illnesses, by busking in the local community during December.
- Migrants Organise – This a platform where refugees and migrants organise for power, dignity and justice. They develop leadership and open up spaces for relational, organised participation of migrants and refugees in public life.
- Voice in a Million – This is a project founded in 2009 to help orphaned and abandoned children worldwide. The school choir has supported this charity through a performance at Wembley stadium.
Team London Young Ambassadors 2017
In March 2017, Southbank received notification from the Office of Mayor of London that Southbank Hampstead was approved as a Team London Young Ambassador Accredited School. This award is given to schools with a history of taking action to promote positive change locally, nationally or internationally. The accreditation team were impressed by initiatives such as Grade 5 gaining the John Muir Environmental Award, our links with local organisations and the wide range of charities we engage with and support.