Charities and Voluntary Service

Charities Committee

The work of the Charities Committee directly reflects the ethos of Heriot's and is the embodiment of the school motto, "Distribute Chearfullie."

Junior School

Junior School parents and staff at Heriot's are extremely keen on supporting all kinds of charities and much thought is given to which charities to support over the course of the year. Each year the Junior School selects either a local or an international charity to support and raises funds for that specific charity over a 12 month period.  The most recent charities supported have been the Primary School of Iyela and its community in Tanzania and Muirfield Riding for the Disabled.  Our involvement also raises the profile amongst the community of our chosen charity and we are very pleased to be able to do that.

In addition to our selected charities we regularly support charities such as RHSC, CHAS and Readathon.  Indeed, the children of the Junior School have raised tens of thousands of pounds through their efforts for The CLIC Sargent and Roald Dahl Foundation. Each October our Harvest celebrations end with the distribution of donated items of food, drink and flowers to local organisations - all distributed by the Junior School children.

Our Junior School Charities Programme each year culminates in our Junior School Charities Fair on the lawns each June when the children themselves organise and man a fund-raising fair for deserving causes.

Throughout the year, however, donations of all sizes are made to a great many charities by children of all ages who organise sponsored events, Cake and Candy Stalls, Toy/Book Sales, etc or even forego presents at birthdays and ask for charitable donations instead.  Parents and friends of the school are extraordinarily generous when giving to collections at the end of Church Services, Concerts and Plays and everyone actively supports Heriot's motto of "Distribute Chearfullie".

Senior School

Mr Kenny Ogilvie chairs the Charities Committee in the Senior School which is made up of pupil representatives from each year group and it meets twice a term to decide upon priorities for the session. This includes identifying relevant ethical, environmental or global issues which are pertinent to the school as well as nominating charities and suggesting and implementing ideas for fund raising initiatives.

This session, so far, Senior School pupils have raised funds as indicated for a wide variety of good causes including:

  • the non-uniform day in October that raised £1743.72 for the Edinburgh Uniform Bank.
  • a bake sale for SNAC that raised £131.00.
  • a bake sale for Bright Green Future that raised £146.28.
  • the S6 Sleepout that raised £901.87 for Social Bite and £1251.21 for each of Cruse Bereavement, Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity and Alzheimer's Scotland.
  • The Greyfriars collection at Christmas that raised £306.37 for Mary's Meals.
  • The Usher Hall Concert collection in December that raised £2252.46, split between My Name'5 Doddie Foundation and ‘Help Musicians'.

A whole school event, Christmas Jumper Day, raised £1140.73 for McMillan Cancer Support and we have regular bake sales and other fund raising events for the Kenyan school where our S5 pupils will be volunteering in June.