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Trent College has a long and generous tradition in charitable giving. We are proud of the great work and the large amounts raised by pupils, staff and parents.
Over the past two years the principal charities supported by the school have been our Kenya Partnership and the Canaan Trust. Numerous fundraising activities have been organised for both these charities and some others that are near to the heart of others in our community. We fully involve our pupils in identifying the charities we support and in organising events to raise awareness and funds.
Our charity events are many and varied. Over the last couple of years these have included countless cake sales, music concerts, car washes, coffee mornings, formal dinners, raffles and themed dress days. We raise well over £20,000 every year. One of our major fundraising days is BBC Children in Need, when the boarding community in particular puts a tremendous effort into organising fun events that raise considerable funds.
Chapel services regularly raise awareness of worthy causes and help our pupils become responsible and caring citizens. Of particular note are our Harvest Thanksgiving and Remembrance Services.
Trent College has a partnership with two schools in the village of Thika, 30 miles from Nairobi called Gowan Mount View Academy and Nyacaba Primary School.
The aim of our partnership is to support two schools that are less fortunate than ours and raise funds for necessities such as desks, chairs and more ambitious projects such as a kitchen and concrete flooring in Nyacaba Primary School. Many of the current floors are just dust and are easily affected by the weather: dry and cracked when it’s hot and home to parasites which lay eggs in the bare feet of the children. When it rains in Kenya it isn’t just a light shower, it’s torrential. The floors flood and become mud. The kitchen will be of great benefit to the school as most children do not have a meal in the morning before school, and this impacts on their learning. We are delighted that the kitchen has just been completed and we hope that 2016-17 will be the first year that it will be in operation. The plan is for every pupil to get a drink of porridge to give them the energy they need to achieve to the best of their ability at school. We believe that everyone has a right to education, but unfortunately there are still many who do not get full access to one. Trent’s work with our partner schools in Kenya helps the needy pupils in these schools to get a good education and start in life.