From fitness challenges running miles that total the distance from London to Kyiv, to concerts and a themed non-uniform day, Highgate pupils, families and staff have been busy fundraising for those affected by war in Ukraine. At the end of the Summer Term, a dozen refugee children began their studies with us here at Highgate School too.
Move, play and more! Our April fundraiser raised almost £5,000 and will be used to provide emergency relief items for Ukrainian families. The event involved pupils and staff running a total of 1,430 miles, the distance from Highgate to Kyiv.
At the end of Term, a group of Senior School pupils took part in a concert for Ukraine at St Michael’s Church. Music Teacher Ms Nicola Eimer, who helped organise the event, said: “It was a beautiful evening of music-making and poetry, with a wide variety of music sung and performed, including an original composition.
Poems were read in English, as well as in foreign languages followed by their English translation. These moving poems centred around the theme of refugees and the lasting effects of war. The evening was brought to a powerful conclusion with a performance of the first movement of Brahms’ dramatic C minor Piano Quartet.
Nearly £1000 was raised for three charities: UNHCR, Link to Hope, and Medical Support for Ukraine, and donations are still being received.”
Bake sales, breakfasts and buskers
Earlier in the Term, pupils hosted breakfasts, bake sales and a pop up busking show for those passing through Central Hall to help raise extra donations, all of which totalled over £500.
Blue and yellow non-uniform day Pupils and staff donated and wore blue or yellow up-cycled and/or sustainable outfits, the colours of the Ukrainian flag, to show solidarity for those being affected. This initiative raised £1,800!
Carload of care for refugees A carload of donations including five pairs of crutches, a wheelchair, clothing, food and hygiene products were collected at Highgate and driven to a warehouse in Wembley taking items to the Ukraine for refugees.
Netball Team v Football Team Charity Match
Pupils gathered to play a series of high octane netball and football matches, playing girls v boys and in mixed teams for extra fun, with funds raised going to our collection for Ukraine. Spot the yellow bandanas and hair accessories being worn as a nod of support across all teams.
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