Brighton Girls GDST has always been an open, socially engaged school. Our tradition in fundraising and charitable work is a key aspect of our school’s ethos.
All students are encouraged to support this and develop a strong spirit of public service. From Early Years right through to Sixth Form, girls wholeheartedly embrace the fundraising for a wide range of charities. This is largely done through our Charity “Guild” Team who organise events like an annual Fashion Show, baking competitions and coffee mornings.
We love being at the heart of our local community and we enthusiastically run and support a number of events. These include the Brighton Marathon where we manage a water station, our long-running Christmas Tea Party for local Senior Citizens, involvement in the St Anne’s Well Garden Festival, choir singing in Churchill Square and collecting Christmas donations for the Brighton homeless.
So far this academic year we have raised over £3,800 for nominated charities Guide Dogs for the Blind, Afghan Connection and the City Mission, Brighton.
We’re also proud of the relationship we’ve developed with St Mark’s School in Whitehawk, Brighton. We offer Dance and Spanish lessons to their students and this year our partnership culminated in a collaborative Christmas performance for Year 3 and Year 4 students at the primary school.
We encourage all our students to be giving, community-minded and socially engaged. Positive attributes they can take with them into their future and the wider world.
We strongly believe the more you give, the more you receive. This is central to the ethos of the school and the GDST.
Oasis Project offers help and hope to women, children and families affected by drug and alcohol problems across Brighton & Hove and East Sussex. As well as a broad range of adult services, we provide support via Young Oasis in the form of therapies, one-to-ones, holiday arts activities as well as a free crèche for new-borns to 5year olds for Mums accessing treatments and help as part of their recovery. Additionally, there is the Young Women’s Therapy and self-care groups for women aged 18-24. We have also recently been chosen by Public Health England to deliver an innovative Children of Alcoholics programme with the city council.
Importantly, we put dedicated time and work into breaking down stigma and stereotype around drug and alcohol misuse particularly in relation to women and mothers. Extended partnerships across the city is key to this. We are delighted to be not just one of the Mayor’s Charities for 2019/20 but also Brighton Girls. “Help for women, hope for everyone”.
We are very proud of our on-going collaboration with Penny & Jules Youth Dance which was launched in 2014. PJYD works with young dancers (aged 14 to 19) from all around the South East.
Our students have successfully auditioned and featured in performances at Brighton Fringe, National U.Dance Festival, HOSTED at The Old Market in Hove and many more.