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. However, pupils of all ages are the opportunity to involve themselves in charitable projects and those with ideas are encouraged to develop and take ownership for them.
The school raises money for numerous different organisations and initiatives in 2017 included a 24 hour Triathlon organised by Year 13, charity mufti days, car washes, bake sales and more.
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.
Jana Jtoyi School
In 1987 a small group of Sixth Formers, led by former 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 and a group of pupils are looking forward to visiting in October 2019.
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 last July and Year 10 students from Leweston, Sherborne Girls and the Gryphon School will spend a week volunteering in an ASHA project in New Delhi in October 2018.