Community Outreach

Students who choose not to join our Combined Cadet Force participate in our community outreach scheme, which allows students to put something back into the local community while undertaking responsibilities and developing leadership skills.

We encourage all pupils at Gresham’s to be outward looking and to contribute to the community they find themselves in, whether local or global. Our community outreach scheme encourage students to share skills in the community while undertaking new responsibilities and developing leadership skills.

Every Friday afternoon around 100 students participate in a wide range of activities. Students can make a positive impact to their local community, the environment, and support charities through fundraising events. For some this is an opportunity to complete the Community Action and Service (CAS) aspect of the International Baccalaureate.

Here are some of our projects that students are currently involved with:

  • ‘Team Eco’ have been working on making the School more eco-friendly and have been very successful. They have achieved the Eco-Schools Gold award, making us a Green Flag Eco-School, by implementing initiatives such as building a wildlife ponds, installing recycling bins across the campus and improving the sustainability of the School’s food.
  • The charity knitting group created over 50 cannula covers and donated them to James Paget hospital in Great Yarmouth for new-born babies to use.
  • Working with local primary schools providing creative writing classes to support the literacy development of local students.
  • Students have initiated a project with the Norfolk Rivers Trust and local schools to investigate and monitor the species in the River Glaven.
  • The school robotics team are creating a robot as part of a school inter-house competition and national competition at Southampton University.
  • In recent years, students visited Rwanda, Kenya and India and took part in community projects for CAS and their curriculum development where they were able to support local schools in Rwanda

Charity

The school supports a number of charities at the local, national and international level through both fundraising and volunteering opportunities. We seek to build links between the pupils and the communities they are part, to understand the challenges charities and NGOs face, whilst also providing opportunities for leadership and collaboration. Whole school charity events take place throughout the year with students selecting a different charity, usually one that works with children, to support and organise fundraising events. In addition we have a longstanding connection with Olpalagilagi School in Kenya and Amnesty International.

Volunteering

Students have the opportunity to get involved in a range of projects in the community. Projects include weekly Zoom calls with care home residents, volunteering in Holt at the Youth Project, the charity shops and the Treehouse Community Café. Our students support the work at the Camphill community at Thornage Hall and local primary schools. Due to the pandemic students have been resourceful in creating new opportunities online, for example creating a Modern Foreign Languages Journal to be shared in the community.

Environment

There are numerous projects both in the school grounds and in the community. There is a green group to encourage pupils and staff to save energy and recycle, this group have also worked hard to create new wildlife habitats such as the pond. The environment group carry out wildlife surveys and help to maintain habitats in the school woods. A group volunteer at the Holt Lowes clearing bracken in order to preserve this special habitat.