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 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.
The nominated charity for 2017 & 2018 is Dandelion Time. Dandelion Time is a local charity that was set up in 2003 on a farm based in West Farleigh, near Maidstone. The charity works with children and families experiencing serious behavioural and emotional difficulties. Often the children are victims of trauma, abuse and neglect and many of the parents struggle with mental health issues and substance abuse. The charity provides farm based developmental activity and a therapeutic service to the children to help them to overcome past suffering, develop confidence and self-esteem and discover a new positive path to follow.
As well as supporting the charity through fundraising, there are opportunities for Holmewood children to help in more practical hands-on ways, which has included Year 8 pupils visiting and volunteering there, as part of the post exam programme in the Summer term.
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