Emanuel Sixth Form students are role models to the rest of the school. We expect our students to be great ambassadors for Emanuel, to be outward-looking and to contribute to the community, whether local or global.
A central point of our ethos is the cultivation of an ‘altruistic, caring and outward-looking community’ and we believe wholeheartedly in doing good for others, which in turn is good for ourselves. Emanuel has a long history of supporting charitable causes and community projects with both financial and practical assistance and a key aim is to prepare our pupils for a lifetime of leadership and service.
Every year, the whole Sixth Form commits its Christmas fundraising to support Ace of Clubs, a local day centre for the homeless. We have an ongoing partnership with two primary schools in Tamil Nadu, India, and every summer approximately 20 Lower Sixth students volunteer at these schools for three weeks, teaching English and enriching the lives of the pupils. Essential fundraising for these schools takes place throughout the year with various bake sales and charity activities, while the annual Sixth Form Revue (a student-led night of entertainment, singing and comedy) has raised thousands of pounds for these schools within the past few years.
Teaching Robotics as part of the Primary Ambitions programme
Our students are active on the eco and charity committees where they gain experience in planning and managing key events throughout the school year. Many students make their own individual contributes towards our local community, such as volunteering at Nightingale House and the local playground for disabled children, taking part in the St Marks food bank appeal and helping to organise the annual fundraising dinner for SPEAR (a charity that helps the homeless to independence).
Thank you for the hard-working, enthusiastic Emanuel Sixth Form volunteer students that joined my two summer schools in July and August. They were all fantastic and a credit to the school. The children from St Mary’s and Sacred Heart loved working with them and the teachers really appreciated the support.
(Executive Headmaster of the Federation of Sacred Heart & St Mary’s RC Primary Schools Battersea)
In September 2019, we launched the Primary Ambitions programme: a large-scale initiative in which Emanuel’s Lower Sixths students spend an hour each Friday afternoon teaching a wide variety of subjects to Year 6 pupils from our local partner schools. Click here to find out more about this project and what it means for prospective 16+ candidates, or watch the video below.
Through all of these projects our students demonstrate that they are excellent role models and their passion and energy plays a vital role in engaging and raising the aspirations of the children they work with. Our students gain confidence and improve their communication, team working and practical skills.