Charity Events

So much of school life at Polam Hall stems from our ethos of ‘community’, supported, of course, by our Quaker origins and reflected in the School motto ‘Concordia crescimus’ (We grow in harmony). Nowhere is this demonstrated more proactively than through our annual programme of charitable events and through InterACT.

InterACT Junior Rotary Club

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InterACT is the Junior branch of the Rotary Club, aimed at young people aged 14-18 and operating in School as a fully independent club with an elected committee, run entirely by pupils. There is a member of staff involved, but only as a guide and mentor. The club plans and carries out a variety of community work including, for example, a sponsored bag-pack at the local supermarket; a shoebox appeal at Christmas, or helping a local food bank. Our members also participate in larger events, such as a recent midnight walk to raise money for a local hospice, and in international initiatives including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and helping to build a school in Africa.

As well raising money for worthwhile causes, InterACT develops members into compassionate individuals with a sense of social responsibility. Organising their own projects from scratch gives our pupils a sense of ownership and accomplishment and equips them with vital leadership and life skills to stand them in good stead when applying for university and future jobs.

Our InterACT teacher co-ordinator is Sue Dobson, Head of Biology, and she can be contacted by email.

Supporting other charities

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Every year members of our Sixth Form take responsibility for organising a Jack Frost Christmas tea and a Sunshine Party in the summer, attended by elderly members of Darlington’s Town Mission. Both events are hugely popular and students take charge of everything including catering, arranging entertainment and organising younger children as helpers.

Sixth Formers also organise and host a Fashion Show every two years; again in support of their chosen charity, and the whole School participates in national fund-raisers such as Red Nose Day, Comic Relief, Sport Relief, and Jeans for Genes, through to our own events – charity discos, raffles, bake-offs, and more. It is fair to say that all fundraisers are student-led and invariably come about through their own ideas and personal commitment to specific causes.