At The Gregg, we are committed to ensuring that students not only progress academically but also embrace values which enhance their spiritual, moral, cultural and social development.
Our charity and community programme plays a significant role in delivering these aims, enabling students to gain a wider understanding of their place in society and inspiring them to develop a benevolent attitude to those less fortunate than themselves. The Gregg School has a calendar of well-established events, seeks out new ventures to support and responds to world events as needed.
We regularly raise over £10,000 every year in support of local and national and international charities and also undertake non-fundraising, awareness-raising activities.
Charitable events that we engage in include:
We hold non uniform days, cake sales and donations of food (and dog food) toiletries, socks, puzzles and games, as appropriate in aid of local charities, which in recent years have included:
- The Rainbow Trust, which supports families who have a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness
- Emmaus Hampshire, the social enterprise community for the homeless
- Southampton-based `No Limits` charity which provides information, advice, counselling, advocacy and support to young people in Hampshire.
- Second Chance Animal Shelter in Mansbridge
- The Society of St. James – a charity which provides assistance to homeless people across Southampton
- Friends of Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Southampton General Hospital
In the Summer of 2023 we held a Colour Run, in aid of Southampton-based Abby’s Heroes. The charity, which provides support to children and young people with cancer in Southampton General Hospital, is particularly close to our hearts at The Gregg, Abby’s mother being a former student at our school.
In December we regularly make a donation to the Honeypot charity, which provides respite breaks and outreach support for young carers. The donation came from a range of sources including sales of tickets and refreshments at performances of our Christmas play, the collection made during the Carol Service, and direct donations from parents.
We have continued to support a number of voluntary organisations, such as local schools and scout groups, in our local community by providing free hire of our minibuses on a regular basis throughout the year.
Throughout the year, as part of our co-curricular activities, a group of students made regular visits to a local care home for the elderly, offering companionship and entertainment to the residents. It was clear that both young and old enjoyed their time together.
To commemorate Remembrance Day, we support the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal with sales of poppies in school. Assemblies focus on the sacrifices made by soldiers and the impact of war on communities past and present whilst our Head Boy and Head Girl represent The Gregg at the annual Remembrance Service in West End, laying a wreath at the village cenotaph.
We supported the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, by raising money for The Dogs Trust – a charity close to the late Monarch’s heart and marked the coronation of King Charles III with a “Red, White and Blue” day, in support of The Prince’s Trust.
We held a Euro Café and cake sale for MacMillan Cancer Research’s Coffee Morning and supported Jeans for Genes, the national charity which assists and raises awareness of those living with genetic conditions.
We engage in a range of activities for Comic Relief and BBC Children In Need Appeal with a wide variety of sponsored events, challenge the teacher (typing, football) and, one of the student’s favourites, ‘Splat the Teacher’!
Through assemblies and activities we raise awareness of Mental Health Awareness Week and wear odd socks in support of National Anti-Bullying Week.
Students fill shoeboxes with toys, stationery and toiletries for the Annual Shoebox Appeal organised by the Rotary Club, the boxes being distributed to disadvantaged children in Eastern Europe and the Philippines.
We respond to international events such as the 2021-2022 Ukraine Appeal and the 2023 Red Cross Turkey Appeal, supporting the charities financially via a variety of fundraising activities and match funding, as well as collecting items to be donated and distributed to those in need.