Philanthropic at DGGS
A Philanthropic Mindset
At DGGS we believe in the intrinsic value of serving others. We believe that generous acts of kindness, no matter how small, can make enormous difference in our school, our community and the world beyond. We encourage all our students to take RESPONSIBILITY for developing a philanthropic mindset.
September-October: Our students worked hard on a variety of philanthropic ventures during our first half term.
These include the below highlights:
Bake sale for World Alzheimer’s Day: 21st September 2023
A group of Year 8 students were inspired by World Alzheimer’s Day held on 21st September. They organised a bake sale that made over £100 for Dementia UK. The students sourced and priced a wide range of baked goods and gave up their free time to sell these to their peers. Many congratulations and thanks to Pavi, who skilfully led the initiative, and very well done to Prishti, Tiaamii, Amber, Jaiden, Nova, Zoe, Kaycee, Keira and Brittany, who worked so effectively as a team.
Fashion Show for Sickle Cell Society: Friday 3rd November 2023
A team of students in one of our Sixth Form CAS groups, conceived and implemented the idea of a fashion show to celebrate fashion, dress and costume inspired by black heritage and culture. This was held to both celebrate Black History Month and also to raise money for Sickle Cell Society: a disease that affects millions of people throughout the world. The show was staged at lunchtime on Friday 3rd November: the costumes were stunning and the energy of the models was electric. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the event and it raised valuable funds for this worthy charity.
Bake sale for Red Cross working in Gaza: Thursday 9th November 2023
A group of philanthropically minded students in Year 11 devised, resourced and ran a lunchtime bake sale in aid of Save the Children, who are working on both sides of the conflict in Gaza. The sale raised almost £200 for this poignant cause. This money will now be doubled through the generosity of a Lloyds Bank charitable scheme. A massive well done to: Aaliya, Avneet, Jia, Tanya, Krishna, and Anastasia.
Harvest boxes for Dartford Food Bank: 2023
This Autumn, the whole school worked in their House groups to produce donation boxes for Dartford Food Bank. This charitable venture is operated by a group of local churches who provide food and other staple items to families and individuals in need.
DGGS students produced fantastically creative presentation boxes that they used to gift wrap their generous donations of food and toiletries. These boxes were presented as part of our Harvest House assemblies, during which we reflected on the joy of giving to others and being thankful for the gifts we have. Every box donated will truly help members of our community who find themselves in need.
Harvest box winners:
The winning House boxes across the school were:
Year 7: Chartwell’s claw machine
Year 8: Penshurst’s honey pot
Year 9: Knole’s refrigerator
Year 10: Hever’s cauldron
Year 11: Knole’s camera
Sixth form: 12F’s chicken crossing the road
Overall grand winner: 12A’s haunted house
Overall house winner: Ightham (most boxes of distinction)
Harvest Boxes - Dartford Food Bank