Giving Back – Canonaid

13 December 2023

Canonaid Book Collection

Our Founder’s Day prayer “Thou dost require much from those to whom much is given” is part of the NLCS ethos and teaches pupils the importance of giving back to society. An intrinsic part of life of NLCS is Canonaid, our student-led charity committee, which runs a vibrant programme across the year, raising money to support a variety of charities that are chosen by the student body. Additionally, we run and outreach programme with student visits to a local care home for the elderly and a school for disabled children.


This term, the school voted to support Education for the Children Foundation. This charity supports children in Guatemala with a comprehensive level of support that goes beyond ‘just’ a school education. Project that provide work place training, emotional support and counselling, food parcels and nutritional education are all on offer through the charity.  The first event to support the newly voted charity was NLCS’s first Garba, held in conjunction with Hindu Jain Society. This popular and well attended event raised over £800 and was a real feast for the senses! The charity received a further boost with the school community participating in ‘YOU’ days in October and December. Everyone involved with Canonaid has been very pleased with how well this charity has been supported already. This means we have raised over £2000 already this term for this amazing charity.

On top of the work supporting the whole school charity, Canonaid have been busy finding ways of supporting local charities in more practical ways. In September, students generously donated food and toiletries to the local St Luke’s Hospice – these treats provide tasty hampers for both inpatients and patients in the community that need it. This month, we came together to donate over 6 massive boxes of nearly new books that were very well received by The Children’s Book Project.

Ever mindful of world events, Canonaid teamed up with the Big Six to host a fantastic but slightly unorthodox cake decorating event where teachers battled it out to win the best decorations and then compete to make the scariest Halloween themed cake. This along with some other smaller bake sales, raised over £300 for the floods that devastated parts of Libya and Morocco.


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