At Akeley Wood we lay the foundation students need to step into the world as intelligent, well-rounded, compassionate and socially conscious individuals, eager to contribute to their community. Our history of partnership and collaboration in serving society encompasses projects with neighbouring state schools, fundraising for local and international causes and participation in a wide range of activities involving members of the community of all ages and backgrounds.

Sharing the magnificent talents of our young singers and musicians, we are proud and delighted to be able to host regular performances both in and outside of school, performing to a range of audiences including care home residents and church congregations in the festive season. Our Junior School pupils are also no strangers to collaboration, working together with local primary schools on music and singing programmes and staging concerts for parents to enjoy.

Working to support charitable causes in the area, Akeley Wood students donate to the local Food Bank, with house captains playing an active role in volunteering at the soup kitchen in Milton Keynes at Harvest.

Further afield, we have wider community links through the Cognita family of schools, and the Global Fund for Children charity, which seeks to improve the lives of the world’s most disadvantaged young people. The school is regularly involved in other fundraising and charity events including Jeans for Genes, and the Friends of Akeley Wood School group works tirelessly to raise money through activities and occasions including quizzes, Christmas fayres, and the annual Akeley Woodfest arts festival.

We are immensely proud to have set up the Volunteer Sri Lanka project at Akeley Wood, and every year selected students from Years 12 and 13 raise money for renovations, training and education, travelling to Sri Lanka for the summer to work with vulnerable young people and communities affected by the Asian Tsunami.

Project Volunteer Sri Lanka

Project Volunteer Sri Lanka is a volunteering project, run by Akeley Wood School’s Mrs Stone on behalf of the Galle-based Sri Lankan charity Volunteer Sri Lanka. The project requires students to work, fundraising throughout the year, so as to offset a proportion of the costs of their trip (individually) and to help fund a variety of community projects, run by Volunteer Sri Lanka (fundraising as a team).

Once in Sri Lanka, the students spend their mornings working on a variety of projects within the community. These include working with elders, street children, special needs children and orphans. In the afternoons, the team renovates a rural school or orphanage, paying for materials and any specialist work, and carrying out the routine tasks needed to bring it up to standard.

 

Every year we also aim to fund a special project and, in the past four years we have paid for:

  • Cricket equipment and hard standing for the Cricket academy – to help disadvantaged boys into better schools, via cricket scholarships etc.
  • A play area for the toddler orphanage.
  • Equipment for the street children’s Day Care Centre.
  • One-off awards of school equipment, bus fares, healthcare and assistance for poor children needing an education.
  • Equipment to fit out a bakery school where abused girls from the girls’ home can go to gain a skill which will allow them to find work once they are released from the secure institution in which they are held (these girls have been incarcerated, with no education or support as a ‘punishment’ for having been abused; at 18, they are turned out into the world and left to fend for themselves. The training kitchen provides these girls with vital language and cookery skills and helps them to find skilled work in bakeries and hotels).

Local project co-ordinator Janaka de Silva lost his own parents, as did his wife, in the 2004 Tsunami, and Volunteer Sri Lanka is their way of helping to provide sustainable aid to the poor and disadvantaged members of their community. For more information, please look at their website or email Mrs Stone on lisa.stone@akeleywoodschool.co.uk.

 

Our support really does change lives.