“Being a prefect at the top of the school gave our son an understanding of the responsibility he had for the welfare of the younger boys.” Parent

We use older pupils as role models unashamedly. The older boys in the school are acutely aware of the influence they have on younger boys, and the responsibility that such influence brings. 

They lead and help in assemblies and with house meetings and run School Council and Team G as well as other clubs. They also work with younger pupils every day as their ‘form monitors’, listening to them read or helping with their work. Year 8 boys undergo training and don armbands at breaktimes to show that younger children can go to them for help if necessary.  As well as the Head Boy and Deputy Head roles, all Year 8 pupils hold important positions at school and play a vital role in the smooth running of different areas – Charities, Whole School Events, Innovation, Wellbeing, Sport, School Council, Team G, Music, Playground, ICT to name but a few. Pupils are actively involved in the day-to-day running of the school and are able to initiate changes and make budget requests.

Miko, Year 8 Chair of Charities

What does your role involve?

I help to choose the ideas of how we can make money or donate items to help people in need. I make speeches and write to parents about these and encourage the whole school to help. Sometimes, I go to talk to different form classes and make posters to advertise our work. I also speak at assemblies.

The first big charity event of the school year is usually Harvest Festival. Is Solefield scrapping this in 2020 as there are no whole school assemblies and performances?

Not at all. Pupils will be making donations to a local food bank as always. This year, we have just adapted what we usually do. Each bubble is recording a song, poem or sketch which will then be made into a video that we can all watch in our form room Zoom whole school Harvest Festival assembly. What is really good is that parents are able to watch the performances too this year and we will be able to see everyone perform and clap as normal.

How do you decide which charity to pick?

I look at the current situation to see who needs help the most. We try to support a variety of different causes locally, nationally and internationally.

Who decides the fundraising ideas?

I work closely with teachers and pupils to decide which charities we should support and how we can best help them. The whole school is asked for suggestions.

What has been your favourite charitable activity at Solefield so far?

There have been lots! I think my favourite is the sponsored walk as the whole school in involved and it is in Knole Park which is very beautiful and it is great to be outside, in nature. You can walk it or run it. You can let people know you’re doing it and it is for multiple charities. It is a lot of fun for everyone involved as we all take part and there is a real sense of community.