14 October 2011
Students at Haute Vallée school have raised more than £13,000 for charity in just one academic year.
The achievement has been announced by the new head boy and head girl, Graham and Gemma Colley, who are twins and the first brother and sister to hold the posts at Haute Vallée.
“I am really proud of the way Haute Vallée helps the community,” said Gemma. “One of the things we do every year is that students bring in food to make hampers for older residents. We also have first class facilities, such as our swimming pool and theatre and they are enjoyed by lots of people in the local community as well as the students here.”
The biggest single amount, which was £5,638, was raised through the annual school walk from West Park to Corbiere and back. Other amounts were raised through dress down days and special assemblies as well as through Children In Need.
Throughout the school year students hold year group and school council meeting to decide which charities to support. Funds were donated to the Special Care Baby Unit, Autism Jersey, Great Ormond Street, Jersey Alzheimers and the Jersey Teenage Cancer Trust. Money was also raised for the RNLI, Headway and the Salmini Home For Orphans in Kenya.
“Haute Vallée school makes a difference at the heart of the community through its charity work. £13,000 is an amazing sum to raise in just one year and it was for a variety of charities which have been chosen by students,” explained Graham.
Caryl Lewis, the new head teacher at Haute Vallée, said: “I am really proud of the students at Haute Vallée. They show incredible commitment to improving the lives and wellbeing of others in the local community and beyond through their impressive commitment to fundraising.”