Our students and staff take their role within the local, national and international community very seriously. A group of students work as a charity group to plan a programme of whole school charity events including cake sales, non-uniform days and enterprise activity. Each term there is one non-uniform day which raises money for the nominated charity. Students vote to support this and in addition year groups organise their chosen activities to support a particular charity e.g. Mary’s meals, Shoebox Appeal, Action Aid etc. We are in the process of allocating this year's charity. Head Boys and Girls choose 6 charities to support, local, national and international and present something on each one to students in assemblies. Form groups are currently voting and more information will be posted here in due course.
On 4th July 2015, 45 members of staff took part in this year’s Rivi Challenge. This took place along a 31 mile stretch of the Leeds-Liverpool canal, from Burnley to Adlington. While the majority of staff walked 31 miles along the tow paths, others cycled there and back, and some chose to canoe.
The 4th July was the final challenge of many fund raising events this year undertaken by staff and students, including the Manchester 10km run, the 90 mile coast to coast cycle, the 52 mile Greater Manchester cycle, cake sales, non-uniform days, sponsored silences and fun runs. Staff and students have worked hard to raise money for the nominated school charity CLIC Sargent, reaching a grand total of £3400.
CLIC Sargent Area Fundraising Manager, Lindsay Kay said: “A huge thank you to everyone at Rivington & Blackrod High School for their fantastic support. The staff have undertaken so many challenges in aid of CLIC Sargent and we are delighted to have their support. Every day, 10 children and young people in the UK hear the shocking news they have cancer. CLIC Sargent is there from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. We provide clinical, practical and emotional support to help children and young people, and their families, cope with cancer and get the most out of life.”
The charity for the year 2013-2014 was Derian House in Chorley, which staff also chose to support. A total of £1500 was raised for this charity. Alongside this, fundraising events were held for other charities throughout the year. The main charity for the Year 2012-2013 was nominated as ‘Help for Heroes’, however, individual projects still took place, including year 8 collecting food for Bolton Food Bank. Throughout the year we raised money which was given to:
- Derian House - £71.00
- Help for Heroes - £1388.32
- Young Oncology Unit - £300
- Keswick 2 Barrow £1024
- Clic Sargeant
The nominated charity for 2010-2011 was ‘Children with Cancer UK'. However in light of the very special circumstances it was decided to support some worthwhile causes in addition to the Whole School Charity voted for by the students. Charity funds were raised and donated to the following:
- Donation to Bolton Hospice: £750
- Donation to the Teenage Cancer Trust: £250
- Donation to the Horwich and Blackrod Churches appeal for the situation in Africa: £1000
- Donation to Duchene Muscular Dystrophy: £250
- Children in Need: £500
- School Charity (Children with Cancer formerly Children with Leukaemia): £2352
Thank you to all for their tremendous efforts in helping us to fund raise. It is clear that this money means so much and the recipients are both surprised by and grateful for your generous help.
Students host Afternoon Tea for Old Rivingtonians
Students at Rivington and Blackrod High School hosted a special afternoon for 50 former pupils and teachers of the school who are members of the Old Rivingtonians Association. Current students gave tours of their school, showing how it had developed since the Old Rivingtonians were in attendance and all students had an opportunity to discuss how education and the school has developed through the years, over afternoon tea.
Sam Slater, a Sixth Form Student President arranged the event with the former President of the Old Rivingtonians, David Stokes, with support from other students and teachers. Musical performances took place throughout the afternoon. Even exam papers were made available to former students for them to look at.
Sam Slater, Sixth Form Student President commented, “After many invites from the Old Rivingtonians to their Annual Dinner, we felt that it was time for us to return the invite for them to come to see how the school had changed over the years. It also gave us the opportunity to build closer links between former and current students and we found the stories being told very interesting. It was an excellent afternoon, and we hope one that will be repeated in future years.”
David Stokes, Former President of the Old Rivingtonians commented, “The event was a very nostalgic experience and it was great to meet such pleasant and articulate groups of pupils. We are very grateful for the invitation from the sixth form students and we enjoyed all aspects of the afternoon.”