Contributing to society
Our pupils are encouraged from the very start of their life at Queen’s to give something back to society. Our values underpin everything we do as we believe that it is only through helping others that we can truly know ourselves. This focus also helps to promote confidence and a wider sense of community, justice and fair play. In the Senior School this takes the form of charity fundraising (often suggested by the children themselves), links with other schools abroad, trips like Camps International which offer girls a unique insight into a country’s particular challenges and other activities. Girls also regularly perform for the local community in festivals and concerts or at special events in the Cathedral or in local businesses.
Girls enjoy the sense of achievement that comes with reaching a fundraising goal, making a difference or simply making someone smile, and this in turn helps with their understanding of effort and reward. We are very fortunate in having many members of staff who regularly undertake charity challenges; everything from summer camps building schools in Africa to charity swims and runs, which inspires girls to get involved with their own efforts.
Our excellent PSHE curriculum is also key in helping girls understand how their actions can affect the world and make it a better place for everyone to live in. IN Sixth Form that is expanded in a formal QUEST volunteering programme with sixth formers helping a number of charities such as HealthWatch at the Countess of Chester Hospital, in local care home settings, in charity shops and local schools.
The school has sponsored the Local Hero awards which recognises local people making a difference in their community and our Mandarin Outreach worker visits local primary schools to offer them free Mandarin classes. We also offer a Little Linguists day of language learning, a Year 5 Activities Day and a Year 6 Sweet Science day which are well used by local primary schools to extend the learning of their gifted and talented pupils.