Hull Collegiate School wins Hull Daily Mail Golden Apples Community Award 2019
Hull Collegiate students, staff and parents are very much a part of the local community. Students regularly take part in a variety of charitable activities on both a local and global scale, helping to raise funds and awareness for causes close to their hearts.
Each year group at HCS has an appointed Parent Class Rep to help new families settle into our school community. The Class Reps’ annual Macmillan coffee morning now raises over £1100, with all members of the school community (including local residents and alumni) invited.
Alongside national charity days, we are proud to be able to support our families in raising awareness/funds for a number of worthy causes. During the academic 2018/19 year we took part in events for Candlelighters, Hull 4 Heroes, Jerry Green Dog Rescue and the reduction in single use plastics, creating furniture from our eco brics.
When Year 9 pupil Julia had her first novel published, she requested the help of the school to launch her book Kadazar and through direct sales has raised several hundred pounds for the Hull and East Riding branch of the RSPCA.
Sixth Form pupils volunteer weekly at Ganton School which is a local state school for 3 -19 year olds with severe learning difficulties.
We are a licensed centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and have assisted other centres in our area by donating camping equipment and computers as well as hosting the regional awards ceremony free of charge.
Since December 2017 Hull Collegiate School is very proud to be the only school in Yorkshire that supports the charity ReEngage (formerly Contact the Elderly). We provide a team of volunteer drivers and our venue to host a community activity for a group of isolated elderly residents. Guests are invited to tea parties and school productions which help break the cycle of loneliness.
For the last five academic years the senior school has hosted academic, music, sport and drama specialist days for primary school children. In November 2018, we welcomed over 300 Year 5 children to the Humber Stem in Action days, an event that had been unable to take part the year before due to funding shortages. Children took part in specialised workshops and met some of our region’s most prestigious STEM employers including BAE, Smith & Nephew, ARCO and the University of Hull. We are thrilled to be able to host the event again in November 2019, once again providing our venue, staff and pupil support free of charge.
In June 2019, we welcomed 300 Year 5 pupils for our annual day of wizardry and witchcraft. Children took part in potion making workshops, flying lessons, arithmancy and occlumency lessons, and learnt about rhunes and codes. These days have allowed pupils to access facilities and learning resources unavailable at their current school.
In addition to all of the above regional activities we are incredibly proud of Safi Coffee, the business run by pupils whose profits are used to fund the education of children at four partner schools in Uganda.
Alex Wilson, Headmistress, said, '' To be recognised for our achievements at this level is fantastic. I am proud of our students and school community for the hard work and support that is continually given to helping our community which is such an important part of our school life. Our community work is a key component of our commitment to deliver an Education with Character. It teaches our students a broad range of skills and encourages them to be enterprising, compassionate and responsible individuals.”