Beyond the Classroom: Charities

"St Margaret’s girls are passionate about raising money for different charities, both international and causes closer to home. Throughout the whole school, girls work hard to raise awareness for their chosen charity. Over £12,000 is raised every year, which just goes to show the commitment our girls have to philanthropy"

Charities Co-Ordinator

Charitable giving is central to the St Margaret's ethos. Each form class chooses its own charity to fundraise for each year and the school Charities Prefects also encourage girls to get involved in local community and school charity events. Fundraising events are organised with dedication, imagination and a great sense of fun with over £16,000 being raised in our recent school session.

Tea parties, Christmas boxes, dressing-up days and sporting challenges are just some of the fundraising activities organised. The VI Senior girls also organise a Christmas Winter Wonderland, which the younger children love and which creates a fantastic Christmas spirit towards the end of term. We are very proud of the girls’ achievements as they all commit a great deal of time and effort to fundraising in addition to their studies.

In addition to form class fundraising, St Margaret's has participated in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) which is run and sponsored by the Wood Group Foundation. In its first year, this innovative citizenship programme was rolled out to ten schools across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire and over £1.5million has been donated to small, local charities in Scotland through 143 schools taking part in the programme. As part of the initiative, pupils form groups that select and research a local, grassroots charity and give a ten-minute presentation to a panel of high-profile Aberdeen judges on why that charity is worthy of the donation. The girls work hard on their presentations and raise huge amounts of money for local and worthwhile charities.

Charities that we have supported

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