St George's are GO! Two weeks of community projects are about to begin
We are preparing for a busy few weeks of community projects. From tending growing vegetables to entertaining Whiteley Village’s elderly residents; Junior School pupils and College students will be completing a programme of 22 projects between 6th and 17th June.
It’s all part of St George’s GO!; GO! Stands for Georgian Outreach, and is an impactful annual volunteer programme that offers St George’s pupils and students a unique opportunity to connect with the community. GO! has been running since 2016 at the College and 2019 at the Junior School, and each year the number of projects completed has increased.
The programme has fantastic support across the school community, with teaching staff and volunteers acting as role models and getting stuck in, too. Over 750 College students and 240 Junior School pupils have now taken part, with many more due to join their ranks this year. The organisations involved in this mutually beneficial programme – local schools, farms, churches, residential homes and conservation charities – are always full of praise for the work done.
Last year, amid covid restrictions, all the projects were completed outdoors. While normally the students enjoy the conservation tasks best, in 2021, there was much joy to be found in the human connection offered by the Whiteley Village project. Here, the students were an uplifting presence, entertaining the elderly residents, who gave them big claps while they turned soil and planted flowers. They even helped one resident celebrate their 100th birthday!
GO! is the product of St George’s parent Tiffany Bicarregui’s passion to harness the energy and spirit of the students to contribute to the local community. Tiffany brilliantly coordinates all the projects, liaising with organisations and ensures, through the College, that the students are suitably prepared. She says: “The student volunteers of 2021 were outstanding in the variety of tasks they completed, and the hearts they touched. I can’t wait to see what they achieve this year!”
2021 was marked by the joy sparked through human connection, something GO! 2022 will continue to encourage along with making an enormous contribution to our area.30 May 2022