The Family of Schools benefit from the support of an active and committed social and fundraising committee, the Friends of Jack and Jill Schools (FJJS). This normally comprises of parents whose children currently attend the schools but is open to all wishing to support in this way. The FJJS committee meets regularly, has elected officers and is supported by a permanent member of the school staff acting as liaison between the group and school.
Distinctive to the Jack and Jill Family of Schools is that all funds raised as a result of their social events are donated to the school charities. Children, parents and staff enjoy cake sales, mufti days, social events and the May Fair held annually on Twickenham Green. All of these are designed not only to be enjoyable occasions for the school and local community but are also excellent fundraising opportunities.
Impressive amounts continue to be raised each year; in the academic year 2018-2019 over £21,000 was raised and shared between Shooting Star Chase, REACT and The Brain Tumour Charity. This is a special characteristic of the school of which we are extremely proud.
The charities chosen by girls on the School Council for 2019/2020 are:
- Shooting Star Chase – our local children’s hospice service, a charity caring for local families with a child or teenager with a life-limiting condition
- The Little Princess Trust – providing free real hair wigs to children and young people, up to 24 years, who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions.
- The Brain Tumour Charity – committed to saving and improving lives and helping every single person affected by a brain tumour.
- Momentum Children’s Charity – working locally in South West London, Surrey and Sussex, they support families whose children have cancer or a life-challenging condition.
This fundraising commitment provides outstanding momentum, energy and focus for the various activities and at the same time fosters awareness of the needs of others, either close to home or overseas within the pupil body.