In the last Diocesan inspection, it was recognised that, “ the response to calls for showing their (the students’) faith in action, such as charity work, is impressive.” (Diocesan inspection, November, 2009).
Throughout each school year, all students and staff demonstrate their commitment to the school’s ethos by engaging themselves in raising funds for different charities. These range from individual acts to whole year groups working together to raise money. Charities that have been helped by students at St Margaret Ward include Speight of the Art, Father Hudson’s Society, the Douglas Macmillan hospice movement, the Donna Louise Trust, Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Fair Trade movement, the Ruby Owen appeal, Cancer Research and Lepra. Students have recently demonstrated their commitment to the poor by donating resources from our school library to an African school in Malawi. In 2009, Oftsed acknowledged our students’ “desire to champion and support a number of charities.” (Ofsted, November, 2009)
As part of the Lasallian Developing World Project (LDWP), sixth form students continue to tavel to a number of developing nations to work with local children and assist with community building projects. A number of our senior students annually give willingly of their time to make a pilgrimage to Lourdes on which they care and provide support for the less abled.