Why service and charity matters at St Christopher's
A strong feature of St Christopher’s is the way in which our students strive to help those less fortunate than themselves both here in Bahrain and further afield; this reflects the caring nature of our school.
Giving importance to the sense of community through charitable activities and a Service programme, encourages responsible citizenship as it seeks to deepen a child’s young person’s knowledge and understanding of the world around them. The emphasis is on developing community awareness and concern, and the skills needed to make an effective contribution to society.
Service involves each student demonstrating a willingness to give up his or her time and effort to benefit another individual or group without expecting return or reward. It builds on the experience of responsibility within the School community, transferring this to society at large.
Service fosters and develops a sense of responsibility and a feeling of care towards all fellow beings. It helps students to develop a sense of social responsibility and sensitivity to people from different backgrounds and circumstances. Putting others before self is a commitment and a discipline that will stay with our pupils as they go through life.
Recent Community Service Trips have taken students to Thailand and Tanzania where students were involved in the building of school and medical facilities which they had raised money for in advance. They also had the opportunity to work with the local students by teaching English and playing sport with them.
Closer to home students have been involved in raising money for local charities through events such as the Year 8 BD1 Challenge, the Year 11 Climb to Everest and the Year 6 Charity Fun Day.
The Senior Student Leadership Team established the St Christopher’s Foundation in 2009 which through a series of events involving students from all age groups, aims to raise funds that can be allocated to charities which directly support children both in Bahrain and further afield.