Volunteering Day – 8th March 2017

On March 8th OPGS embarked on it's THIRD Volunteering Day.

This was the most ambitious so far with almost 100 different local organisations/clubs and schools taking part in working with approximately 500 students.

Over 2,000 hours in total was volunteered with students being involved in a HUGE range of activities. Below are just a sample:

Students helping with ground maintenance at Larkfield FC.

A group working at Wide Horizons, Wrotham in the facility for disadvantaged young people.

Work being completed for Communigrow a local charity based in Ditton.

Boats being painted in Mote Park.

Over 40 bags of rubbish being collected from around OPGS and on the school playing fields with the help of Maidstone Borough Council.

Lots of improvement jobs being undertaken throughout the school.

Year 8 students helping Mr Smith run the Primary School Football tournament.

Walls being built by the Tovil Conservation Society.

Improvements being made to the Boys Brigade Campsite in Bearsted.

Mr Lewis, Director of the House system thanked all the boys who took part and behaved so wonderfully and also the staff who all took part in the activities with positivity and enthusiasm. He wanted to pay special tribute to Miss Ryan for all the hours of organisation such an amazing day warranted and to Mrs Bevan for visiting so many Primary Schools throughout the day.


Thank you messages:

A big thank you from the team at Margaret McMillan House to all the volunteers today.

The students have done an amazing job, and it really makes a difference and will have a huge impact for all the schools/children visiting our centre this year. 

We hope the students enjoyed the day and hope they feel proud of their accomplishments.

We would be delighted to work with you again in the future, both on a voluntary basis or maybe an adventure day for the students.

Kind regards

Kathy Bezant

Schools Relationship Co-Ordinator

Wide Horizons

The Adventure Learning Charity

Margaret McMillan House,

Gravesend Road,

Wrotham, Kent. TN15 7JN



Larkfield FC

I just wanted to let you know what a pleasure it was to have 9 boys with us at Larkfield FC yesterday – we  couldn’t have been prouder of their work they did , their behaviour and their manners – we didn’t have one issue and their work ethic for the time they were with us was a credit to them and the school (and the club as most are connected in some way) and they were all so sensible with the fire and the tools that were involved during the day.

Sarah M’Grady