Community Involvement

Students at St. Francis’ College are actively encouraged to get involved in a wide range of community projects and fundraising initiatives.  Each form in the Senior School selects a charity to support every year, and then organises a range of events during the school year to raise money for their chosen charity. Charities supported in 2015/6 included Breast Cancer UK, Darwin Centre for Young People, Syria Relief, Vinjeru School Trust in Zambia, North Herts Cat Protection Society, Save a Child’s Heart, Aqua Aid International and Save the Children Fund.

There are also a series of whole school charity events which are organised to support national initiatives such as Macmillan Cancer Support’s coffee morning or Children in Need, while others are to support more local projects such as the collection of books for Just Be a Child’s initiative to set up libraries in remote parts of Kenya. St. Francis’ College also has a strong tradition of supporting emergency campaigns and over the last couple of years funds have been raised to fight the spread of Ebola, support victims of earthquakes in Nepal and typhoons in the Philippines.

Every year St. Francis’ College also raise money for our whole school international charity the Kanyike Project. This project has celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2016 and the College is proud to have been associated with it for many years. All funds raised from our annual Recycled Fashion Show and whole school Summer Picnic go towards projects in this self-sustainable community of 8 villages in Uganda. Every two years Father Kakuba Kapia visits the College to talk about the work of the Kanyike Project, and regular visits are made to Kanyike by groups of sixth form girls and staff.

Many of our girls are also involved in their local community helping as volunteers outside school. The projects that girls support reflect their wide range of interests, but all charity and community initiatives help to foster a sense of social responsibility and community awareness.  

MacMillan Coffee Morning

Sixth Form visiting the Kanyike Project in Uganda