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 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 are 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 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.
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.
Recently supported charities
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.
The Nepal Fund
In 2016, the School raised an outstanding £60,000 to rebuild the Shree Tamang Secondary School in Dhading, Nepal after it was destroyed by an earthquake. Pupils, who had travelled to Nepal the previous December, took up the cause immediately, planning events to provide instant relief and then, as the magnitude of the destruction became clear, the School set up the Nepal Fund. Working with the school-building charity, the Pahar Trust, plans for an 18-classroom school were drawn up and the fundraising began. The Sutton Valence School community worked tirelessly to raise the funds, with students, staff and parents all enthusiastically joining in to reach the target. From small events to large, car washes to a glittering black tie event and from the Sixth Form Ball to the Prep Practice-a-thon, each member of the School played their part in raising this phenomenal amount in just ten months.