At ACSC we feel very strongly about participating in and hosting our own charity events, to help those in need.
Throughout each year, our school family take part in numerous national initiatives such as Children in Need and Red Nose Day, but we also strive to help other local charities as much as possible.
Charity work and helping those less fortunate is something we try to instil into all our students. This can also be seen within our PSHE curriculum when studying specific units of work.
One annual charity event we are extremely proud of as a school is 'Docks to Disney'. Docks to Disney is organised and hosted by Ashton Community Science College on a Saturday in the summer term. Each year we challenge our school family and surrounding community to take up the challenge of running (or walking) the equivalent distance from Preston Docks to Disneyland Orlando. This event sees our school family working together to raise money for a specific local charity. Participants donate £1 to join in the cause and as a school family, we record the number of laps each individual complete around Preston Docks, with the aim of equalling the same distance to Disneyland Orlando.
Each year we choose a local charity, close to our hearts, to raise money for. The charities we have raised money for include, The Royal Preston Hospital- Baby Beat Appeal and Rosemere Cancer Foundation.
Students, staff, and other members of our school family give up their own time to volunteer is assisting in planning and hosting the event. Students also take it upon themselves to set up stalls to again help raise money. Previously these stalls have included hair braiding, face painting, selling cakes and a prize raffle. We have run this fantastic event in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and have raised at these events alone a staggering £6000.00.
We actively encourage our students to act upon initiatives they feel passionate about. Each year we have students ranging from all year groups asking to plan and run charity events in school. One example of this was two students, who are sisters, decided to raise money for a charity close to their hearts, Manchester Children’s Hospital. The students promoted their idea of ‘Wear something green…’ on a specific day and outlined why they were so passionate about raising money, in assemblies across all year groups. As always, our school family came together and assisted in raising £500.00.