Since 1948, when Mrs Anderson, one of the founder Headteachers, chose the NSPCC as High March’s school charity, the girls have been fundraising with various activities.
Each year prefects are chosen to continue this tradition. Their first challenge is to run the NSPCC stall at the Christmas Fayre selling donated items. The takings from the house stalls run by Year 6 representatives are also dedicated to the charity. A number of collections are taken at events during the year including the Christmas Carol service and plays. Further funds are raised by the girls organising fun activities such an activity afternoon, an Easter egg decorating competition and themed mufti days.
All the activities are enthusiastically supported by the girls and provide a great deal of fun and entertainment. Over the years a number of volunteer adult representatives from the NSPCC have visited the school to explain the importance of the role of the charity and how the money raised by the school has helped young people. In the last ten years alone, the school has raised in the region of £30,000. This sum continues to grow, thanks to the hard work and generosity of both the girls and their parents, which has always been a High March tradition.
High March has a long-established tradition of charitable fundraising and, as well as the NSPCC, we have supported a number of House charities in recent years, notably British Heart Foundation, Marie Curie Cancer Care, World Vision, South Bucks Riding for the Disabled Association, Bright Tomorrows, Helen and Douglas House and The Stroke Association. ‘Children in Need’ Day is an important event in the calendar and the two Head Girls take charge of the events for the day, dressing up as Pudsey, giving assemblies at both Junior House and Upper School about and selling themed merchandise. In the past few years, the staff has also raised money for Macmillan Cancer Care and Action Medical Research.