Leweston’s values of community, opportunity and respect are central to the pupil’s experience and since its foundation Leweston has been dedicated to serving the wider community. Our Community Service and Charitable Giving Programmes lie at the heart of what Leweston is about. Being able to support both our local and global communities by giving time and funds is an important part of understanding our world better.
Every year Leweston pupils engage in a wide range of activities to raise thousands of pounds for charities both close to home and further afield. The majority of the school’s fundraising is administered through the House system with House Prefects taking responsibility for coordinating a programme of activities in the Senior School and two Charities Prefects in the Prep.
The school raises money for numerous different organisations and initiatives in 2016 included a 24 hour Triathlon organised by Year 13 involving every pupil from Nursery to Sixth Form, Lent in a Tent, a Sixth Form team walking the Camino de Santiago, charity mufti days, car washes, bake sales and more.
In 1987 a small group of Sixth Formers, led by teacher Liz Rutter, came across a small school whilst trekking in Nepal, that was the start of a long relationship between Leweston and Jana Jyoti. Since then Leweston has raised enough money to construct new school buildings, sent GAP year teachers with hundreds of books, pens and pencils and, when the earthquake struck in 2015, pupils came together to raise money to support the repairs. At present the school is fundraising for a scholarship to allow one of the students to go onto university in Nepal.
The relationship celebrated its 30 year anniversary in 2017 and we welcomed some former pupils who have spent time at the school for a reunion in November. The current Head there also travelled to Leweston to join us.
Leweston has recently formed links with ASHA, a charity that is transforming the lives of people living in the Dehli slums through healthcare, education and empowerment. Dr Kiran Martin and Chandon Singh visited the school in July and a number of Year 10 students will spend a week volunteering in an ASHA project in New Delhi in October 2018 as part of a Joint School Project.
All Year 12 students take part in the weekly community service programme visiting local residential homes, elderly residents, helping in the Parish and local Primary schools and visiting and supporting young mothers. The students host a tea party at the end of each term for those they have been involved with which is an extremely popular event.
Leweston also invites local schools to attend talks by visiting authors and speakers as well as educational workshops and drama performances and concerts.