Sutton Valence School is part of the United Westminster Schools’ Foundation. As such, it is a Christian foundation which has charity at its heart. As Saint Paul pointed out in his first letter to the early church at Corinth: ‘And now these three remain: faith, hope and charity. But the greatest of these is charity.’ Charity literally means love, in the Christian sense, and the above passage is often translated thus in modern versions of the Bible. Works of charity is how the School, as a Christian community, expresses its love to the wider world.
Our charity work is house-based, involves pupils of all ages and has both a local and an international focus. A Charities Committee regularly reviews the charities that we support and pupil input is always valued. The charity work is overseen by the Lay Chaplaincy Team, headed by the School Chaplain. Its purpose is to help the pupils understand how fortunate they are and to develop their understanding of what it means to live in an interdependent community. We believe it adds value to the lives of the pupils and enables them to develop their social awareness.
Some of the charities we have recently supported include:
Cancer Research; Childline; Sport Relief; the Kent Air Ambulance; The Children's Trust; Petite Ecole Francaise; Riding for the Disabled; Starlight Children's Charity; Hounds for Heroes; Blind Veterans UK; Demelza House; Dementia UK; Barnabas Fund and Giving Africa.
There is more to charity than fundraising, and it is our hope that through the experience and involvement that charitable endeavour affords we shall be able to involve ourselves in the lives of those who will thrive on a little more love and consideration, and an occasional thought beyond our own self-interest.