Farlington Focus November December
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Ways of Seeing Conference
Sixth Formers attend 'Ways of Seeing' Conference at the British Museum
Day of Languages
A House language and cultural knowledge quiz was held in H5.
Rotary Public Speaking Competition
Farlington's Senior Team wins the Horsham Rotary Club's Public Speaking competition.
Christmas Fair 2013
Farlington PTA Christmas Gift Fair was a great success
What is Voluntary service?
Voluntary Service is all about giving your time freely to help people and the community in the local area. It can make a real difference to your own life and the lives of those around you.
When is Voluntary Service done?
Weekly, on Friday afternoons - between 1.30 – 4.00pm. Girls complete their Voluntary service in either the Autumn or the Spring term. Some girls will also opt to continue into the Summer Term.
Who does it?
At Farlington we encourage all the Sixth Form to undertake Voluntary Service and we work with a variety of local organisations who offer placements. All girls in the Lower Sixth do Voluntary service and a number of girls opt to continue in the Upper Sixth and even extend i it into their school holidays.
Why do it?
- It develops and enhances skills including team work, organisation, communication, time management and tolerance.
- It is rewarding to help others and it is fun.
- It can help guide you with future career choices.
- It can be a useful addition to your UCAS application form and future job applications.
- It can qualify you for the Volunteering section of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
Where do we do it?
Currently we have a variety of local placements including:
Rapkyns Nursing Home – this is a beautiful country home in 40 acres of landscaped grounds. It cares for elderly and frail people with dementia and it provides specialist care for people with neurological conditions. Girls spend time in conversation with the residents, reading newspapers and books with them. The residents really enjoy the girls playing the piano or any instrument to them.
Farlington Nursery – Volunteers help with play and tidying and all sorts of activities to stimulate the toddlers at the Nursery in our Prep School.
Warnham Parish Rooms – in the heart of the village of Warnham Farlington girls make home made cakes to take along and entertain the elderly residents with quizzes and conversation.
St Catherine’s Hospice Shop – in the centre of Horsham this charity shop in East Street sells a vast array of bric a brac, furniture, china, toys and much more. Tasks involve tidying, sorting and general help to the public and staff there.
Warnham Nature Reserve – this is a Local Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Horsham. The Countryside Wardens there supervise tasks including general tidying and conservation tasks. Most of these take place outdoors in all weather so wellies are essential, as are hair ties! At the reserve Farlington girls specifically tend the Heathland Garden and maintain the high profile entrance area to the reserve.
Horsham Matters – this is a registered charity that recycles, re-uses and resells good quality second hand furniture and household items to help local families, particularly those in need. Volunteers work in the Guildford Road shop tidying, sorting and generally helping the staff and the public.
What do our Voluntary Service placements say about us?
Jake Everitt (Senior Countryside Warden) and Stuart Card (Countryside Warden) Warnham Nature Reserve:
‘Having the Farlington girls at the reserve was like having an extra member of staff…they were incredibly cheerful and had a lot of fun tending the Heathland garden!’
Dawn Williams, Manager of the St Catherine’s Hospice Shop;
‘The girls were always cheerful and really hard working! They were wonderful’
Victoria Latter, Rapkyns:
‘It was a pleasure to have the girls - they were positive and professional at all times and they developed a really good understanding of the medical and neurological conditions we have here at the home. ‘
At Farlington we are always looking at new opportunities to develop our Voluntary Service Programme so if you have any ideas for new opportunities in the local community do please let us know.