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The High School is committed to partaking in regular charitable and community service activity throughout the school year.

Recent charities supported include:

Scottish Charities

UK Charities

International Charities

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Pupils at the Senior School contribute to charitable causes and frequently involve themselves in community service activities. In recent times, the High School has taken part in community service projects as far away as India, Morocco and Uganda. 

Each House hosts a fundraising week throughout the school session, with fundraising efforts benefiting a specific charity each time. Sixth Year pupils and staff participate enthusiastically in an annual blood donation drive, while various pupils and staff often partake in charitable events and fundraising efforts outwith school. Elderly members of the local community are frequently invited for tea and coffee while taking in the dress rehearsals for the Senior School music and drama productions.

Transitus pupils take part in the annual “Go Yellow” 5k Walk in aid of the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice and play an important role in the annual Christmas Appeal for East Park, raising money from each class' cake & candy sales around the festive period.

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The Junior School donates a great deal to the local community and various charities throughout each school year, with many benefitting. Harvest boxes filled with provisions are donated to local charities at Easter time, there is an annual collection of pet foods for Hessilhead Animal Sanctuary during National Pet Week and regular coffee mornings raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care throughout the year. Pupils often generously give to charity in lieu of birthday gifts.

Christmas is a particularly busy time, with money raised at the Junior School Carol Concert and festive cheer raised by our younger pupils with Nativity performances and Christmas sing-a-longs for members of the local community, as well as for proud parents and grandparents.

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The Parent Association host a number of events throughout the school year including a spectacular fireworks display every November and an annual summer BBQ, as well as frequent uniform sales and an evening to welcome new parents to the School. Any profits from events are either donated to charities or to the School, for the benefit of the children. In recent years, a Ladies Lunch and Fashion Show raised the marvellous total of £21,000 for Action for Children, while they have also been able to donate money towards projects at both the Junior and Senior School.

The Association currently supports the charity Music in Hospitals, as they aim to improve the quality of life for adults and children with illness and disability through the joy and therapeutic benefits of professionally performed live music in hospitals, hospices, daycare centres, special schools and care homes.

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In addition to pupils contributing to the local community, High School staff frequently give of their own time to take part in charity events, with recent efforts including a charity cycle from London to Paris and participation in marathons. High School teachers also contribute to the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) as markers, setters, verifiers, team leaders and Principal Assessors. As of July 2017 there were around 30 staff contributing to the SQA.