What we do for others says much about who we are. Each year at King’s, our pupils and staff engage in a wide range of activities to raise tens of thousands of pounds for charities close to home and further afield. Pupils themselves are engaged in choosing the charities, often reflecting concern for children in the UK and abroad and a range of health-related charities. It is to our pupils’ credit that they embrace the opportunity to help and support others beyond the school community. Dr Hyde, Headmaster, is a keen supporter of King’s work in the local community. He is Chair of the Wider Economy Group, part of the Make It Macclesfield Forum, and is keen to see continued investment in his hometown.
Fundraising for charities
Each year, staff and pupils at The King’s School raise in the region of £25,000 for charities. Of this, around £10,000 is channelled to charities that relieve poverty and a further £15,000 is raised for charities that save lives or improve health, in particular East Cheshire Hospice, The Christie, NSPCC and Christian Aid. One of the highlights of our fundraising calendar is the Fashion Show organised by our Sixth Form, which each year raises around £5,000 for The Christie. In addition, King’s also donates items (such as gift boxes, hampers, etc) to: Macclesfield Rotary Club, The Salvation Army, The Children’s Mission in Zambia and others.
Community Use of King’s Facilities
King’s School has a long history of providing community access to its facilities and building strong partnerships with community sports groups. The existing sports facilities are currently let to community groups on five nights a week and on both Saturday and Sunday. Our new multi-sports facilities including our two Astros on Westminster Road already benefit a wide range of users including sports clubs that require high-quality, local provision.
Sports clubs and community organisations that benefit from King’s facilities include: Macclesfield Hockey Club, Bollington Ladies Hockey Club, Bollington F.C., Wilmslow Town FC Veterans, Macclesfield Junior Football Club, AFC Prestbury Nomads (Juniors) and Park Royal F.C.(Juniors). We welcome enquiries from other community groups wishing to use the school’s facilities who should contact the Director of External Relations.
Macclesfield Music Centre meets each Saturday morning, during term time, at our Fence Avenue site. MMC is an independent charity offering everyone in Macclesfield and surrounding community the opportunity to enjoy making music. Members range from 3 months to 76 years, and music is performed by groups and ensembles at all levels, providing progressive training and experience of wind band, jazz band & orchestral playing. Private music tuition is also available. For more information, please see the MMC website
Duke of Edinburgh Scheme
Our involvement in the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme continues to grow and we are now one of the largest authorising centres in the North of England. Each year, more than around 100 students take part in Bronze Duke of Edinburgh and, alongside the expeditions, the pupils have to give 12 hours of their time to volunteer in some form. This equates to more than 1,000 hours of community service. Volunteering activities range from helping at animal sanctuaries, coaching junior sport teams, junior reading, volunteering at charity shops and also helping at local brownies and guides groups.
Sixth Form Community Action
Our community outreach activities continued this year, delivering a range of science and team-building activities to around 450 pupils in a number of local primary schools. During National Science Week in March, our sixth form students planned and delivered a Science Roadshow at the Catalyst Museum to around 150 Year 8 – 10 pupils from various schools.
Sixth Form students were active throughout the year in their support of the local community with around 30 of them at any one time volunteering in local charity shops, special needs facilities, care homes, schools, hospitals and so on. Other students gave up their time for ‘Friends for Leisure’, a charity which helps young people access leisure activities that would otherwise be impossible for them.
Our ‘Choirs in the Community’ scheme continued, with Sixth Form Choristers attending a number of local care homes prior to Christmas in order to bring entertainment and festive cheer to our community.
In order to support our friends at Destiny Garden School in Kenya, Infant & Junior pupils take part each year in a host of fundraising activities. The children have had fun hosting concerts, making CDs for sale, participating in Santa Runs, cake sales and other activities. In 2014 -15 alone, pupils raised £3294 for Destiny Garden School to boost their school lunch programme.
King’s links with Connecting Kids Education Foundation (CKEF) in Ghana is continuing to benefit many children in the West African country. The first consignment of books, chairs and tables (from King’s Junior Department) were put to good use by hundreds of nursery and school children in the towns of Kissi and Anum. The books and furniture were allocated to St Peter’s Nursery and to Kissi Bisease Primary School, the latter of which now has its first ever fully furnished library.
The sports equipment and kit donated by King’s staff and parents was distributed to the different schools The football team of Kissi Bisease School was delighted to give its new kit its first outing against a select 11 of teachers and former King’s student Harry Haywood, who was spending a Gap year working with CKEF. The last consignment of books donated by King’s Infant & Junior Division arrived in the autumn and was shared between schools in Anum, Kisse Bisease and a new project location in a remote part of Brong Ahafo region.