girls participate in the School’s Dove Award programme which helping in the
local community or supporting a charity of their choice. The Duke of Edinburgh
Award schemes offer further opportunities for community service.
UVI girls are able to service to the
local community in three different ways:
- Placements in local schools, play groups, retirement
homes, secondary and primary schools for disabled children, riding for the
disabled and in a local hospice day centre.
- The Cressex Literacy Programme. Ten students assist in
classes at a local multi-racial comprehensive school (with which we have a
partnership) with the aim of supporting literacy.
- The Horizon Sports Club. A recreational club for young
people with disabilities which helps to assist them, both physically and
socially, through sport and recreation. The swimming section takes place
each Thursday in our School pool under the direction and supervision of
the club leader and the swimming coaches. Girls in LVI may volunteer to
join the team for the Summer term and to continue until the end of the
Spring term in their final year. Funds are also raised for Horizons
through Highlights, our annual Advanced Dance Show.
In different ways, each of these
programmes offers an opportunity, in an otherwise very exam focused year, to
serve others, share gifts and talents and discover how rewarding this can be. The
process allows our girls to not only learn about the wider world, but also to
learn more about themselves.