Friends of St John’s
The Friends of St. John’s Beaumont raise money for St. John’s Beaumont’s chosen charities. Throughout the year, events and charitable initiatives embrace the school community, encouraging the boys and their families to be part of the school’s efforts to improve the lives of others.
Run by volunteer parents, the charities represented by The Friends of St. John’s Beaumont change each year with both teachers and families nominating causes for support.
In the 2016/17 academic year, the nominated charities are:
The School’s charities
Jesuit Missions works with poor and marginalised people around the world by promoting social justice, building bridges between communities and accompanying those working on the missions. Recent projects include: providing a clean water supply for a school in India; translating the New Testament into Wapishana for Amerindian people in Guyana for the first time; and supporting the work of Zambuko House, a refuge for street children in Harare.
St. John’s Holidays for Children Trust (S. J. H. C. T.)
Founded on the Roman Catholic principle of service and helping others, the St. John’s Holidays for Children Trust is a small charity that runs two annual holidays for children with special needs in the Thames Valley Area. Kids’ Week, as the holidays are known, give parents a break from childcare and the children a week of adventure and exploration. St. John’s Beaumont hosts one of the two week long holidays during the Easter break, with boys and their families invited to get involved and help out.
The Teachers’ charities
Filia School, Cape Town
Filia School is a special needs school helping children with barriers to learning. Teaching in Afrikans, English and Xhosa, the school supports children with both physical and intellectual disabilities.
Mercy Ships provides the world’s largest charitable floating hospital. Bringing free medical care to some of the world’s poorest communities, it is almost entirely staffed by volunteers, including doctors, nurses and surgeons. Since its launch in 1978 it has helped transform the lives of more than 2.5 million people. With 82 beds and five operating theatres, the charity has helped to correct deformities to enable children to go to school and removed cataracts allowing people to see their children for the first time.
Remap is a UK charity that helps disabled people to live more independently. Working with skilled volunteers, Remap designs and tailors equipment to each person’s individual needs enabling them to go about their daily life without assistance or take part in sport that would otherwise be impossible. A nationwide network of engineers, carpenters and technicians have helped disabled people to care for their children, pursue their passion for art and even adapt a boat fit for the Paralympics!
The Families’ charities
At the beginning of term, HRH Princess Basma bint Talal of Jordan visited the school and spent time talking with the middle and upper schools. The boys were captivated by her story, with many eager to get involved. The Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD) was founded in 1977 and seeks to support communities through learning, community development, social support and participation and rights. The organisation focuses on working with the most vulnerable groups in Jordan such as women, young people, the elderly and the disabled. It often partners with local communities, NGOs and the United Nations.
New Generation is a partner charity of Street Child, a UK charity that aims to create educational opportunity for some of the world’s most vulnerable children. Founded in 1998, New Generation runs a wide range of programmes with children and young people focused on supporting, rehabilitating and preventing the occurrence of street children in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura. Through leadership training, health programmes and skills training it seeks to build self esteem and confidence so street children can find an alternative to street life.
Please watching this space for our forthcoming events for next term.
We encourage you to take part in these events in any way you can – whether it’s your time for one event or more, a financial donation or any skill you can offer to the mix.