Faith in Action
More House is not only committed to providing academic education to our girls, but also nurturing a moral and social compass for life.
More House School runs a very exciting Faith In Action Project (FIA). Faith is a single step on a great adventure with God and education helps shape the lives of our pupils and how they participate in society. As such, school life at More House aims to educate pupils to live justly in their own lives and to strive for peace and justice for others. The pupils are encouraged to think and to act compassionately within the school, the local community, and society.
At More House, we want our pupils’ gifts and talents to be developed and celebrated, both for the pupils themselves and for others. In this vein, we are providing the pupils with a plenitude of opportunities to showcase their God-given potential and to promote leadership skills through a variety of projects. The pupils will decide the term by term projects we work on and determine how we will fundraise to support various charitable endeavours such as local homeless people, the Cardinal Hume Centre, Saint Vincent De Paul, Cafod, and others. FIA will enable our pupils to raise awareness about the importance of buying Fairtrade products by selling Fairtrade Divine chocolate during Fairtrade Fortnight and the pupils will actively be involved in the Send My Friend To School campaign whereby they raise awareness about the importance of children worldwide receiving an education - one of the world leaders’ Millennium Development Goals. Pupils are very keen to work on protecting and preserving our ‘Common Home’ in keeping with Pope Francis’ instructions in encyclical – Laudato Si.
Ultimately, we want the pupils to grow and develop spiritually, morally, academically, socially, and culturally. We are hopeful that through FIA, the graduates of More House will emerge committed to promoting social justice for all and working towards the Common Good of all.
An important part of this is our charitable fundraising, an aspect of our education that we are particularly proud of. We feel that an important part of our Catholic ethos is to ensure that the privileges that we are fortunate to experience are shared with others.
Each form is responsible for a fundraising event per term, with members of the class choosing the recipient charities. Often a form will develop a relationship with a particular organisation and continue to donate to them over successive events. Other events may be run as a response to national or world crisis appeal.
Form assemblies are often based around Charities the girls would like to help. We understand the importance not only of giving monetary aid, but also of raising awareness as to the background of problems and the work various charities undertake. This year assemblies have focused on CAFOD, local food banks, Cardinal Hume centre, to name a few.
Popular fundraising activities include:
- Mufti days: Themes for the days in recent year have included onesie days, Super hero day, Christmas Jumper day.
- International Womens Day is an important fun day in the school. Girls are invited to come dressed as inspirational women form history. This is a chance to celebrate the success of women, as well as a fun way to raise some funds for womens charities.
- Cake sales.
- Race for Life: More House girls, parents and teaching staff are regular participants in the Battersea park Race for life. This year over 70 entries made up the school team.
- Tenner challenge. This year we undertook a new charity event, the Tenner Challenge. Girls were groups into teams of 6 and were given £10 per team. They use this start-up capital to get a business off the ground. They have the whole month to make as much profit as they can from their tenner while also trying to make a difference and give back to society. This year a number of groups managed to convert their starting capital into final totals of £300+.
- As well as fundraising, Sixth Form students are given the opportunity to volunteer with local charities and organisations. Popular activities have included visiting elderly members of the community to help them become more computer literate and helping in local primary schools.
- We believe that our charitable work helps to develop well rounded, caring compassionate young adults, who have the capacity to leave our school with a heightened level of social awareness.