Glenalmond in the Community

Community service plays an important part in the life of Glenalmond College pupils.

Although a particular strength of Glenalmond is offering education in a rural environment, the College plays a significant part in raising awareness of wider community issues. Pupils and staff raise funds, and become actively involved in community-based projects. There are a number of ways in which, despite our relatively remote location, we are able to engage with wider community issues. These include:

Chapel Choir visits Fowlis Wester Parish Church to offer a Christmas Concert, raising a significant sum for Save the Children Fund.

Pupils go Carol Singing in Perth City Centre to raise funds for good causes.

Pupils take the lead in a major campaign of fundraising activities culminating in the annual Give Gig.

Chapel is used by the local Glenalmond community for baptisms, weddings, funerals memorial services, etc.

Chapel is the regular place of worship for many members of the local community. Services are sometimes offered during the holidays (including Midnight Mass, Christmas Morning Eucharist and Easter Day Eucharist) as well as in term-time.

A Community Service programme operates on Wednesday afternoons, encouraging pupils to engage with the wider community, whilst gaining valuable life experience. These projects have recently included:

    • Visiting residents at the BLESMA (British Limbless Ex-Servicemen's Association) Home in Crieff
    • Working with people with learning difficulties and mental health problems at Soughton Smallholding, Blackruthven Farm
    • Helping at a Music & Art Club at the Dalnaglar Residential Home for the Elderly, Crieff
    • Salvation Army Charity Shop, Perth
    • Shelter Charity Shop, Perth
    • Cancer Research Campaign Charity Shop, Perth
    • Re-cycling - pupils collect waste paper, re-cycle it into fuel blocks, and re-distribute the blocks to those who contribute the waste paper
    • Shelter Charity Shop, Crieff
    • Chest, Heart & Stroke Association Charity Shop, Crieff
    • Cancer Research Campaign Charity Shop, Crieff
    • Salvation Army Café, Perth
    • St Ninian's Cathedral, Perth
    • Wood-chopping Project - re-cycling wood for re-distribution as fuel in return for charitable donations
    • Branklyn (National Trust for Scotland) Gardens, Perth
    • St Columba's Church, Crieff
    • St Serf's Church Comrie

Under the auspices of the Community Service programme, an annual Christmas Tea Party is organised for local elderly and disabled, including piping, a Nativity Play, community Carol Singing and musical entertainment, as well as a delicious spread of food.

Primary School Links

Glenalmond pupils have built up strong links with many of the local primary schools, including Crieff, Methven and Logiealmond. Primary pupils are invited to Glenalmond to take part in events and activities, and our staff and students visit the primary schools.

Fundraising

Glenalmond's commitment to the wider community is also reflected in the fundraising activities of our pupils, who put a lot of effort, imagination and creativity into finding enjoyable ways to raise funds for local and national causes. Charities are nominated by House Chapel Representatives and the Chaplaincy team, and Chapel offertory collections are also donated to these charities.

A recent example was the £16,000 raised for the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre by fifteen Glenalmond boys and girls who walked the 100 miles from Kinloch Hourn in the Highlands back to school in the summer of 2010. Another group is undertaking the walk in the summer of 2011.

Other recent beneficiaries have included;

Sandpiper Trust

Amathuba Community Enrichment, Embo, South Africa

Breakthrough Breast Cancer

Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane

Earl Haig Fund Scotland

Aberlour Child Care Trust

Water Aid, Pakistan

Neuroblastoma Society

Katie McKerracher Trust

Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Arunima HIV/AIDS Hospice, Diocese of Calcutta

DeBRA

National Autistic Society

 

 

Tired walkers at the end of 104 miles

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