Sherborne House encourages all pupils, from our youngest in Nursery to our eldest in Year 6, to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community.

We aim to help pupils think about how people really can make a difference to local, national and global issues. By giving our children the opportunity to understand and learn more about the characteristics of individuals and organisations that show vision, compassion, dedication and generosity, we aim to inspire the children to believe they too, can make a greater impact and difference in the local community and beyond.

We aim to create links with the community through partnerships with local schools and charities, participating in fundraising events and by welcoming external visitors to talk to the children in our weekly assemblies. As a school, we actively seek to form links and always welcome local groups, charities, initiatives and businesses to get in touch with us.

Charity Work

This year, the children have chosen to work with Blue Cross Charity, decided democratically by the pupils through a series of presentations and voting opportunities.

Each class chose and nominated a charity that they would like the school to support for the year. Each class then presented their chosen charity to the school in our charity assembly, explaining why they think we should support that charity. Following the presentations, the children then had the opportunity to vote for one of the charities presented in the assembly which they wanted to raise money for throughout the upcoming academic year.

The children, FOSH and school will be running a number of fundraising activities to help support our chosen charity.

Harvest Festival

Each year, Sherborne House School participates in their annual Harvest Festival - which took place on Friday 11th October this academic year. Pupils throughout the school all bring in a number of dry, tinned and long-life goods from home to donate to Winchester Night shelter. The shelter offers accommodation and food all year round to support those in need of a safe temporary home.

This year, the children welcomed a guest speaker from the Winchester Churches Night Shelter to their Harvest Festival school assembly, who spoke to the pupils about how their donations will help those at the shelter.

The hundreds of donations from pupils up and down the school, are then taken by the Year 6 Senior Prefects and Miss Sophie Laverick, School Community Link and Year 3 Class Teacher, to Winchester Night Shelter. The Senior Prefects are given the opportunity to take a small tour of the shelter from a member of the Winchester Churches Night Shelter, giving them further insight into the work and support which takes place there.

Tough Mudder

Children at Sherborne House have been extremely lucky this academic year, to be offered places for the Lidl Tough Mudder at Holmwood Farm, Faygate as part of the Tough Mudder Ambassador Programme - which took place mid September 2019 this academic year.

Lidl Mudder is a four-lap obstacle course through muddy trenches, over cargo nets and monkey bars to name a few of the obstacles. By taking part in this, the children are not only raising vital funds for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, but are also challenging themselves by taking part in an activity which involves not only physical fitness but also mental determination and perseverance.

Read more about this year's challenge by clicking here.

Language day

In September, the children took part in the European Day of Languages, whereby the school welcomed in a number of parents who held a range of workshops teaching the children about different languages and cultures.

Taught by our expert parent volunteers, not only did the children learn basic vocabulary such as numbers to 10 or greetings, they also learnt a little bit about the culture of the country, the food eaten there and special festivals. From Pre Reception right up to Year 6, everyone had a taste of one of the following: Hindi, Slovak, Arabic, Oriya, Kannada, Dutch, Afrikaans and Polish.

Being exposed to other cultures and languages helps the children understand the world we live in, it gives them the knowledge to understand that what makes us different is what makes our world richer. Language Day is vital to help us support our British Values of tolerance and respect.

Performing Arts Community Links

The music department takes part in many community events throughout the course of the year. This year the school choir sang Christmas carols at Southampton Hospital to raise vital funds for the hospital charity as well as at the Winchester Cathedral Christmas market to raise funds for the school’s chosen charity. The choir also sing each year at Southampton Airport to support the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

Sherborne House take part in this each year in the Southampton Festival of Music and Drama, both individually and as groups.

Each year in half term, pupils can choose to take part in a lantern building workshop at Winchester Cathedral. We display these at the Eastleigh, Romsey ad Winchester lantern parades as part of our support and involvement in the local area.

Art Asia are providing Bollywood Dance workshops as part of our after school provision. We support Art Asia through involvement in the annual Mela, one of the largest celebrations of South Asia arts in the country. In partnership with Art Asia, we provide free creative workshops at the John Hansard Gallery and The Nuffield Theatre several times during the year.