One of the College’s key aims is ‘to instil traditional Christian values, manners and a strong sense of service to others to enable our pupils to live lives that matter’.
Contributions to and involvement with both the island and international communities remain as important to College life today as they were when the College was established as a Christian foundation in 1563.
Elizabeth College challenges its pupils to get involved in at least one regular activity which supports the wider community – this could be through a College activity or an additional activity which pupils volunteer for outside College. Getting more involved in the community helps other people – often people less fortunate than ourselves. It also helps pupils educationally in terms of extending their responsibilities, practically in terms of experience for their career profile and also to feel better about themselves as people.
As part of the weekly timetable, ‘service’ is an important element of most Friday afternoon activities for all pupils in Year 10 and above. It enables our students to be practically involved in the local community. However, the extent of the College’s community involvement is far wider than just this regular slot in the week. Among a multitude of examples are:
- CCF involvement in public ceremonies and parades;
- extensive fundraising for charities, both local and international;
- our choir singing for audiences around the island;
- the Gatehouse Gallery showcasing local art; and
- the annual Kenya trip in February to support the Turi children’s project.
Elizabeth College prides itself on its regular and enthusiastic charity work. All fund raising is seen as an opportunity to learn more about our privilege of living in Guernsey and the responsibility we have towards both local and global communities.
Fund raising initiatives, throughout the school, have involved raising money for local charities such as Les Bourg Hospice, Help a Guernsey Child and MUG. It has also involved local charities with an international outreach such as the Tumaini Fund (supporting AIDS orphans in Tanzania), LEPRA, the Surovi School in Bangladesh and the Khon Kaen Boy’s School in Thailand.
At the Upper School the Senior Prefect team lead the charity fundraising. In addition, the CCF regularly provides cadets and logistical support at various annual charitable fund raising events on behalf of Cancer Research, Help for Heroes, the Royal British Legion and the Everest Challenge.