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

including The Christmas Appeal for East Park and the delivery of parcels to senior citizens locally. Between them, the four Houses last session supported Emmaus Glasgow, Tearfund, 3D Drumchapel and Glasgow Night Shelter

Pupils and staff at the Senior School continue to aid charitable causes and involve themselves in community service activities. In recent times, pupils have taken part in community service projects as far away as Morocco, India and Uganda. 

Each House hosts its own fundraising week at points throughout the session, delivery of over 200 Christmas parcels to senior citizens locally, Sixth Year pupils and staff providing blood donations and various pupils partaking in charitable events outwith school.

Transitus joined the annual “Go Yellow” 5k walk in aid of the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice and helped raise over £2,000 with Cake & Candy sales, whilst elderly members of the local community were invited for tea and coffee while taking in the dress rehearsals for the Senior School Production. Over £750 was raised through a concert and bake-sale for Children in Need, whilst the sale of poppies raised over £500 for Poppy Scotland. £100 was raised for Help for Heroes at the Christmas Pantomime.

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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. Last session, local Meals-on-Wheels, The Salvation Army and Focal Point in Drumchapel received Harvest boxes filled with provisions, while a MacMillan Cancer Care Coffee Event raised over £1000. Dress-as-you-please days throughout the term raised money for the Children in Need, the Children’s Hospice Association, Bobath Scotland and Water Aid, whilst donations from the Christmas Carol Concert went towards The Multiple Sclerosis Society and proceeds from a personalised Christmas cards initiative raised money for the Nora Docherty School in Malawi. 

Christmas is a particularly busy time, with Junior 6 having raised money for Bliss and Quarriers, with festive performances, as well as bringing Christmas cheer to senior citizens at Bearsden Cross Church. Similarly, Junior 1 classes took their Nativity show on tour, performing for New Kilpatrick Ladies Guild, the Monday Club at Bearsden Baptist Church and parents and friends in school. Kindergarten also performed their Christmas sing-a-long for parents and grandparents.

The Junior School also made its annual collection of pet foods for Hessilhead Animal Sanctuary during National Pet Week and The Global Citizenship Committee raised money for the DEC Nepal Appeal. Money is regularly raised for charities including Comic Relief, Oxfam Unwrapped, PoppyScotland, RNLI, The Haiti Appeal, Yorkhill Children’s Trust and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and pupils often give to charity in lieu of birthday gifts.

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The Parent Association put on many events throughout the year, providing the school community with the opportunity to have fun together. These have previously included the 'Mid-Summer Madness' event, and currently includes a November Fireworks Display and Uniform Sales. 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, assisted by £6,500 from the Robertson Trust, with a contribution also to the High School Education Trust. They have also been able to donate money for many different projects, including £2,500 for a seating area at the Junior School, and £6,000 for seating in the refurbished lecture theatre at the Senior School.

The Association has chosen to support the charity Music in Hospitals over the next two years. The charity aims 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, day care centres, special schools and care homes.

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The Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme is always popular at the High School, with approximately 200 pupils involved in the three levels (Bronze, Silver, Gold) of the scheme each year, including an individual 'community service' component.