Charity lay at the heart of Don Bosco's work throughout his adult life, and so it is with us as a school. School fundraising is led through the House system with events throughout the year, as well as on Rag Day at the end of Lent.
The major effort for this good work takes place each year at the end of March, on the day before the school breaks up for the Easter holiday. The Sixth Form organise their "Rag Day" activities, including a Fancy Dress Parade for the Year 7 and 8 students. In the afternoon they put on a "Rag Show" in the Highfield Road Hall attended by all Year 11 students.
Students in Years 7 and 8 participate in sponsored activities, organised by their Heads of Year. Year 9 and 10 students take part in a number of activities including a Tutor Group Challenge, inter-form football, netball and dodgeball competitions.
Money raised is split between five house charities and our Salesian Don Bosco Ashalayam charity.
Salesian School has a special link with Don Bosco Park Circus School in Kolkata, India, run by the Salesians of Don Bosco. We also support Ashalayam, a Salesian project in Kolkata working with street children. We hold many fundraising and awareness activities in school, and each year we contribute around £8000 to the Ashalayam, which pays the running costs for about a month. A small delegation of students from the Sixth Form visits Kolkata every Spring, and you can find out more about their trips in our Celebrating section.
Each year a group of teachers and students visit Thailand to support the work of the Thai Children's Trust. You can find out more about their work in the video below.