Welcome to the Channing Charities page
This page is run by the Charity Officers Julia Conti-Gemes and Rebekah Treganna.
Senior School students have chosen to support the charity Refuge, which works to end domestic abuse, for the 2020-2021 academic year. Most of our fundraising will go towards this very worthy cause. You can find out more about them at https://www.refuge.org.uk.
Last academic year, 2019-2020, the students at the Senior School decided to raise money for War Child. Since 1993, War Child has provided assistance to children in areas experiencing conflict and its aftermath.
Last year, through numerous charity weeks and fundraising events, the Senior School managed to raise an incredible £8,774.43 for War Child. Including funds raised for other charities and by Fairseat, the Junior School, we raised over £15,000. Thank you for your generosity.
Covid Social Action
During lockdown, the school community came together to ensure our charitable work did not stop. In addition to donations to organisations on the front lines, the Charity Officers created a google doc full of ideas on how to help out. Students baked food for NHS staff, engaged with local mutual aid groups, and donated clothes to local homeless shelters. The school also donated our science goggles and other PPE to the Whittington Hospital.
Serving our community
There are many things to be proud of at Channing, but perhaps one of the most important is our Community Service.
It’s part of our Unitarian heritage and has been one of our core values since Channing started 135 years ago.
Taking part in Community Service gives you the opportunity of taking a responsible role whilst at the same time developing leadership, social and organisational skills. At Channing, girls participate in voluntary work through the DofE Programme and in year 12. Others do some Community Service within the School, such as Sixth Formers volunteering to organise and run lunchtime and after school clubs for the younger girls.
In normal times, you can pop into Oxfam in the Village and you’ll see some of our Sixth Formers helping to manage the shops. Others volunteer with local sport institutions, community groups such as Welcome Syrian Families, or help local students through schemes such as Mini Minds.
Another charity Channing often works with is one very close to our heart – the Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation. Alexandra was a Channing pupil who sadly passed away. We typically organise a collection for their foodbank at Christmas and have a ‘wear pink’ (her favourite colour) day once a year to raise money.
Usually students take part in local events including the switching on of the Highgate Christmas Lights and the Summer Fair in the Square, where students can either help set up, act as a steward or perform. They also visit residential homes and hospitals and perform concerts at Christmas and at other times during the academic year. These activities help you develop into a well rounded, independent young adult and grow your confidence. We are working on ways to ensure community volunteering like this can continue in the time of coronavirus.
As Matilda Sharpe, one of the founders of Channing said: “Never forget that life is expecting much of you and me”. Channing students embody this quote and ensure our community, both inside and outside the school, thrives.