We value local and global links
We strongly value our links with the local and global community and our student body raise, on average, over £30,000 each academic year for worthy causes.
Across the whole school, each house is responsible for organising its own charity events to raise funds for local, national and international causes of their choice. These include MacMillan Cancer Support, local Foodbanks, Movember, Cameron’s Orphanage Project and Hope House Haiti.
Our Sixth Formers take the lead in the charitable action within the college. Many of our Fifth and Sixth Formers work towards the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, which includes taking part in our Community Service programme.
In addition to raising money for good causes, our children are also encouraged to help the local community. On Tuesday afternoons, some of our pupils go out to local primary schools to help younger children with their reading, others go to local churches and scout clubs to help with their site maintenance, and yet others are involved in Drama and Music outreach projects.
The biggest initiative is our Community Action Day. All students (and staff) in the Senior School take part in this event during the Summer term and visit more than 30 locations across Sussex to help charities, schools and community organisations. Students carry out work such as gardening, painting, washing mini-buses and volunteering in charity shops.
The Hurst minibus fleet has also been used to support a number of organisations.
Hurst organises a regular trip to Zambia, Africa where a group of Senior and Sixth Form students help to support Cameron’s Orphanage Project, which was set up in memory of our pupils, and the Itala Foundation School in Mkushi (Cameron’s Orphanage Project — Itala Foundation).
Our Prep School have a Skype Pals Club when pupils can talk to children in Sri Lanka every week via Skype video calls.
The college takes an active role in sponsoring local events and clubs, as well as hosting events at the College, including triathlons, a range of concerts and drama productions, as well as an annual Carol service in the Chapel of St John.
The college is active in supporting UK Remembrance Day every November. A special Remembrance Service is held as a tribute to the 108 Hurst boys and four members of staff who lost their lives during the First World War, the 75 men and boys who lost their lives during the Second World War and the 10 members of our community who have died in war or armed conflict since then.
Hurst has an online war memorial record, Hurst at War, which is available to view online at Hurst archive.