The School is very proud of its commitment to a variety of local, national and international charity work. Although there are some charities that the school regularly supports, such as Jeans for Genes and Operation Christmas Child, there are others which the children wish to support, often related to topical news events or charities of personal relevance to them and their families.
The pupils’ enthusiasm for helping others and the sense of giving is evident on a daily basis but is promoted further with the fundraising events we involve ourselves in throughout the year. Read about our latest charity work here.
BBC INTRODUCING LOCAL TALENT
Last Saturday 26th March, not one but 2 TGS pupils from the same year group, were played on BBC Radio Norfolk’s Introducing Show with Sophie Little. Luke Peter Foster, (pictured left) a current Y13 student had a song from his first EP played; called ‘Untitled 240’, it is 50 minutes into the show.
Ex-pupil Callum Granger, (pictured right) from the same year group, had a song from his first album played called ‘Waiting.’ His band ‘Dog Fight’ are the second song on the show.
If you would like to listen to the boys’ music then please follow the link below:
Mrs Cathie Reynolds
Sport Relief 2016
SPORT RELIEF UPDATE
Staff, students and parents should be delighted with the final funds raised for Sports Relief following our 'Conga-K' last half-term. Our aim was to equal the amount raised through the one pound non-uniform money donation. We are delighted to have exceeded this target with a grand total of £689.09.
A big thank you to everyone who supported in whatever way they could.
Miss Daniella Dunsmore
Head of Charities
Macmillan Coffee Morning 2015
Thank you to everyone who joined us on Mamillan Coffee Morning in support of our fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Research. There was a delicious array of cakes, pastries and buns and we appreciated the amount of effort that was put in by parents and pupils alike. It was particularly nice to welcome parents into the Dining Hall for a cup of tea and some cake and we hope you enjoyed it too.
The collected total, kindly counted by our Bursar, reached a fantastic £693.70!
Again a BIG THANK YOU to all those who baked or bought cakes for the event .
Somalia and me: One small step
During the last few months of 2014, Mr Spencer encouraged the Sixth form to raise enough money to pay for a biohazard suit for the aid workers in Sierra Leone and other such regions infected with the Ebola virus. We were reminded about the importance of doing our part for others less privileged than ourselves.
It was around the same time that my father informed me that he was working alongside Mr Oswald, who had founded a charity twinning schools in the West with schools in developing countries, such as Somalia. It seemed only appropriate to get involved. After a number of email exchanges, on the 3rd of May 2015, Thetford Grammar School was officially twinned with Hamar Jajab School in Mogadishu, Somalia.
The aim of this twinning program is to learn about others and to contribute what we can to those in need. Education is crucial. It is something we take for granted here, but sadly it is still not available to all children. I believe that we should help to rebuild and upgrade the teaching facilities in Hamar Jajab. It will not be an easy task, but we must at the very least try; try because we can. Although our actions might only count for a drop of water in an ocean, it is worth remembering that an ocean is simply a multitude of drops.
TGS supports people in Nepal 2015
On Friday 15th May staff and students from Thetford Grammar School raised over five hundred pounds for Nepal by holding fundraising events, including throwing water at teachers held in stocks. Here Maths teacher Mrs Beukes and Head of Sixth Form Mr Spencer get all soggy.
The pupils leapt into action after hearing of the tragedy. Pupils wore non-school uniform in return for a donation and they also held cake sales.
We were especially grateful for the extra funds raised from Mr Gornall's ice cream van and for the resilience of staff and gusto of students in a break and lunch time event of 'sponge the teacher'!
The money will be donated to 'ShelterBox' relief to help to buy vital equipment people in Nepal need to survive that disaster.
A big thank you to all our pupils who donated generously and we are also grateful for all parental support in this most recent charity event.
Head of school, Gareth Price, said: "We are very fortunate as people, in the lives we lead and when disaster strikes a community, in the way that Nepal has suffered, it is our responsibility to help in some way. Today`s fund-raising event at TGS will provide a Shelter Box for the relief programme in Nepal and will help in a small way, to alleviate some of the distress caused by the earthquakes."
Junior School Harvest Festival 2014
On Thursday 2nd October, the Thetford Grammar Junior School gathered together for our annual Harvest festival. Revd Canon Baker joined us for our assembly, explaining to the children the journey of a banana from where it is grown, all the way through to it being bought by the children in the supermarket. Thankfully, Ethan came to our assembly as a banana so was a super aid to Rev Baker’s story telling!
All of the children shared what they had learned about Harvest with our audience of family and friends and we heard some super poems and saw some lovely artwork. The children and their families gave generously to the Thetford Food Bank which we chose to support and all of the donations were most gratefully received.
Macmillan Coffee Morning 2014
Miss Dunsmore, along with the support from her form, set up stalls selling lovely cakes in the Dining Room of the school on Friday 26th September 2014. The stalls were overflowing with donations from pupils in the Junior and Senior School. There were cheesecakes, coffee cakes, chocolate éclairs, cupcakes, muffins and many many more delicious treats! The grand total raised by the whole school for Macmillan Charity was £536.84
A big THANK YOU to everyone who donated these delicious cakes and also a big THANK YOU to everyone who took part in this fundraising event. Not a single crumb was left by the end of the day. All cakes were sold!
Children in Need
In November, the Junior and Senior Schools joined forces and raised £336.24 for Children in Need.
Jeans for GenesEach child donated a gold coin for the privilege of wearing their jeans to school. A total of £55 was raised to help children living with genetic disorders.
Diabetes UKJames in Year 6 organised a cake sale in aid of Diabetes UK and raised £80.
Christmas shoeboxes37 shoeboxes containing toys and daily essentials were sent to less privileged children around the world for Christmas 2012.
Self-UnlimitedMr Hill, one of our PE teachers is taking part in the London Marathon in April 2013 to raise money for the charity Self-Unlimited. Each Junior School pupil kindly donated a gold coin for the privilege of wearing non-uniform for a day and also brought in their extra spare pennies so that they had the opportunity of pushing Mr Hill into the Swimming Pool at their last ‘fun’ swimming lesson before the February half-term break. A total of £77.30 was raised to help people with learning difficulties. The lucky person that got to push Mr Hill in the pool was Guy in Year 6!
Marie Curie Cancer CareJS pupils put on their ‘thinking caps’ in order to wear something yellow for the day and help raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Each child brought a gold coin into school for the privilege of wearing their own yellow-themed clothing. Year 6 also organised some fundraising activities for pupils to take part in during break time. A total of £112.82 was raised to help support Marie Curie nurse more people with terminal illness in their own homes.
Thetford Grammar School is also involved in two specific projects involving young people which we actively support with resources, facilities and funding. These are the Thetford Music Project and the South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band.