Friends' Charity News

The parents and children at RPPS nominate a charity to be supported for a period of two academic years. Previous charities have included: Over the Wall, Burmese Delta, World Land Trust, Blind Aid, Rift Valley Children's Village, Parent's Active.

Our chosen charity for 2018-20 is The Sparkle Foundation. The partnership will see the children raise money to support the school and children in Malawi, share ideas and learning with each other and build relationships with the children and staff at the school. 


Previous Charity Work

Ravenscourt Park Preparatory School raised an enormous £80,000 for the children’s charity, Over The Wall during it's partnership with the charity between 2017 and 2019.

The school began working with the charity back in 2017, and since then pupils, parents and teachers have collectively organised summer fayres, dress up days, parent parties, entrepreneurial school projects, outdoor challenges, sponsored runs, a 10k bike ride, skydives and much more.

“Over the Wall”, which provides holiday camps around the UK for children with life-limiting illness and their families.

Funds are raised via events and fun-days throughout the school year. Donations are sent throughout the two-year term and the children are involved throughout that time with visits from charity workers, special assemblies and workshops in class.  

We also support the Hammersmith and Fulham Food Bank on an ongoing basis with food collections each term and with specific fundraising activities such as Doughnut Day!

Lastly, the Friends of RPPS raises funds to support extra-curricular projects and activities that benefit the children and the wider school community. Previous examples have included the purchase of a “friendship bench” for the playground, and tournament kit for sports teams.

Over The Wall is a national UK children’s charity and a member of the international Serious Fun Children’s Network. It provides free- of-charge therapeutic recreation camps to help children with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Through participation in a proven program of fun-filled recreational and educational activities, the camps help promote inclusion while developing the confidence, self-esteem, coping strategies & peer relationships of all campers.

Over the Wall gives children one glorious week of experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun and empowering in a physically safe and medically sound environment. The self-esteem and confidence of these campers skyrockets as they learn that they are not combating these terrible childhood diseases alone.

The families of children with serious illness face tremendous challenges in coping with their sibling’s devastating illness. The charity therefore holds a siblings week and a weekend for the whole family that allow everyone to have the same fun experiences they’ve heard about at summer camp.

Over The Wall is the only residential camp in the UK structured on the late Paul Newman’s renowned Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. As Paul Newman put it “A place where kids can kick back, relax and raise a little hell”.

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Ongoing charity work

Hammersmith & Fulham Food Bank

Hammersmith & Fulham Food Bank provides three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. It is part of a nationwide network of food banks supported by The Trussell Trust working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. The Food Bank is a project founded by local churches and community groups working together to stop hunger in the local area.

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School projects

Each year the Friends of RPPS fund a number of projects that benefit the children & the wider school community. In 2018, the Friends agreed to support the following projects:

  • a set of clarineos to encourage uptake of woodwind instruments in orchestra
  • visits by a therapy dog to assist with learning (esp. reading support)
  • trophies & medals for more inclusive Upper School sports tournaments
  • coloured vests for teams participating in Lower School Sports Day
  • the loan of an artwork from a major gallery to inspire creativity
  • a set of upper school trip bags for use on school outings

Proposals for projects to be supported by the Friends are solicited once per year from parents and staff, and are subject to approval by the Headmaster and the Friends committee (which will determine which projects to support by a majority vote).

The Friends of RPPS will not support projects that involve capital works or basic equipment that should be provided by the school in support of the educational curriculum. A preference is given to projects and activities which:

  • Bring together parents, staff and children
  • Benefit the widest range of children in the school