Charity & Community

Community Art Project

For a number of years, Holmewood Houseol has supported a Community Art Project in which four representatives from each of five local primary schools and four pupils from Year 5 or 6 from Holmewood House, participate together in an art project on Tuesday afternoons, in the Autumn and Spring terms. The project culminates in an exhibition attended by the local community.

Charitable Fund-Raising

Charitable work is a hugely important part of the Holmewood communities values. The schools’ fund-raising activity focuses mainly on children’s charities, but also includes other charities such as, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, The Soup Kitchen in Tunbridge Wells run by St. Augustine’s Church, the British Heart Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Society and Hospice in the Weald.

Each House at Holmewood has its own charity that it has decided to support. These charities are supported during the year by various fund-raising events organised by the pupils.

The House charities are:-

  • Oak – Headway
  • Cedar – MacMillan Cancer Care
  • Beech – Marie Curie
  • Cob – Lobitos Community, Peru
  • Yew – Save The Children
  • Ash – Porchlight

The school also supports several other overseas projects including:-

The Haller Foundation

The Pre-Prep has supported the Haller Foundation, an educational charity, working mainly in Africa, for several years, on a specific project providing education and medical care in Kenya. A number of fund-raising events have taken place and presentations have been made to the children.

Heatherbank, Walmer, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Through generous contributions from the second hand uniform shop, the school has committed to supporting a township school called Heatherbank in Walmer. This connection has developed through our pupil and staff exchange programme with St. George’s Prep School in Port Elizabeth. On each annual exchange, the pupils and staff visit Heatherbank and help out at the school to support their needs – a memorable experience for all.

Holding On Letting Go

The nominated charity for 2018 & 2019 is Holding On Letting Go.

Holding On Letting Go is a Kent-based charity that helps children cope with the death of someone close to them. Since the adults around them are also grieving, these children often feel unable to express their feelings or talk about their loved one or their sadness. Many adults don’t know how to support children through the grieving process, so the charity gives support and guidance to parents and carers too. They offer non residential therapeutic weekends, support for parents, telephone and email support and advice and training to professionals working with bereaved children and young adults. 120 children attended bereavement weekends and a further 60 families were supported by the charity in other ways.
For the year ending 31/3/17:
Income – £104,000
Spending – £76,000

 

Pupils are keen to support charities and help others less fortunate than themselves. They participate in a number of local, national and international charities…………….

2017 ISI Report