Pupils at St Helen's are encouraged to look beyond the school community, to use their talents for the benefit of others and to get involved in charitable projects. Pupils are constantly identifying new and innovative ways to help people within the local community and further afield, raising the girls’ awareness of our global community.
Girls in Upper School and Sixth Form enjoy opportunities to share their learning experiences by going to help our younger pupils in Little St Helen's, and we are hoping to develop mentoring links with local primary schools.
The School’s direct charitable activities are co-ordinated by a Sixth Form Charities Team, led by the Charities Prefect. The School supports a wide range of good causes each year, and fund- and awareness-raising is carried out under a whole-school theme. In 2016-17 our charities theme is “Health”, and we began the year by holding a Fun Run for the whole school in support of The Sick Children's Trust, raising in excess of £8500. Our annual Calendar Sale (which is the name we give to our Christmas Fayre) raises thousands of pounds each year for a wide range of local, national and international charities.
Phab Week, which has been a fixture in the St Helen’s calendar for over 40 years, involves pupils from St Helen’s School and Merchant Taylors’ School running a residential week of activities for around twenty disabled boys and girls, hosted at Merchant Taylors’ School. Combining fundraising throughout the year with an intense week of fun, friendship and support for the guests, our pupils have invariably found this to be one of their most rewarding experiences at St Helen’s. We are additionally launching a Phab Club where girls in Year 10 and above, alongside their counterparts from Merchant Taylors', can provide regular 'youth club' events and activities for a wider range of disabled guests.
On Remembrance Sunday in November 2014 we opened our doors to the local community to offer talks and performances to reflect on the themes of war, sacrifice and remembrance, and to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War in 1914.