One of the Rokeby Parent Circle’s main objectives it to raise much-needed funds for our chosen charities through organising enjoyable events for the parents and boys.

Two charities are supported for a period of two years each. Each year new charities are nominated by any Rokeby parent via their class rep. The new charity is selected by the form reps, members of the SLT and the RPC committee at their annual lunch. An anonymous voting process is used and each charity proposed must have some affiliation or connection with Rokeby School.

One third of the money raised is given to each of the two nominated charities each year, with the remaining third going to the school to buy ‘added value’ items that may not be covered by the general school budget. In recent years these items have included a laser cutter and two 3D printers for the DT department, tables and benches for the boys on the terrace.

Greenmead School

Greenmead School is being supported from September 2016 to September 2018.

Greenmead is a maintained special day school for children aged 2-11 years in Putney.  All pupils who attend Greenmead have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan.  The school specialises in educating pupils with severe physical disabilities, including those with severe physical disabilities, multiple learning difficulties and complex health needs. The school ensures all pupils follow a curriculum including an adapted National Curriculum which is differentiated and highly personalised to enable them to meet their pupil’s individual educational needs. As well as academic progress the school aims to develop key skills including social and emotional well-being, communication, physical development including mobility and thinking and life skills. Pupils are encouraged to develop their communication skills, be independent and physically healthy with a focus on motivating pupils to engage in and enjoy the curriculum in order to better enable them to make as much progress from their starting points as possible. Greenmead School works closely with colleagues in health and social care to provide integrated therapies throughout the school day and to support their work with families to ensure all children can reach their full potential.

Prader-Willi Syndrome Association UK

Prader-Willi Syndrome Association UK is being supported from September 2017 to September 2019.

Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is a rare and complex genetic disorder that affects both males and females from birth, and throughout their lives. It occurs randomly in about 1:20,000 births and we estimate that there are over 2,000 living with PWS in the UK. PWS causes very low muscle tone with consequent motor developmental delays, a mild to moderate learning difficulty, incomplete sexual development, and emotional and social immaturity, leading to temper tantrums and challenging behaviour. During childhood, an overwhelming and insatiable chronic appetite usually develops which, without rigorous food management and exercise regimes, leads to food seeking, food stealing and life threatening obesity.

The Prader-Willi Syndrome Association UK’s vision is to cure the challenges of life with Prader-Willi syndrome.  They do this by providing a helpline for families often in crisis, offering support, practical help and mediation with other professionals.  They publish comprehensive information about the latest techniques for the management of the syndrome and provide training, workshops and conferences for parents and professionals working with people with PWS.  They organise a peer support network of regional activities throughout the UK to enable families to link together and counter the social isolation frequently caused by rare diseases.  They campaign to champion the rights of people affected by PWS and fund research where they can.

Although PWSA UK is a small and little known charity they have very high ambitions and work tirelessly to support those living with, or affected by PWS.

Other charities who have been supported in recent years include:

School Year2016 - 2017
Donation to Greenmead School£8,255
Donation to Harrison’s Fund £8,255

School Year2015 - 2016
Donation to The Royal Marsden£34,506
Donation to Harrison’s Fund £34,506

School Year 2014 - 2015
Donations to South London Younger Parkinson’s Network and £5,331
Donations to The Royal Marsden £5,331

School Year 2013 - 2014
Donations to Momentum £38,940
Donations to South London Younger Parkinson’s Network £38,940

School Year 2012 - 2013
Donations to Winston’s Wish £6,400
Donations to Momentum £7,128

School Year
2011 - 2012
Donations to Back-up £21,700
Donations to Winston’s Wish £21,700