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Community Events & Fundraising

As a school we are very proud of the contribution our students make to their communities. Opportunities are actively sought to engage students and staff in a wide range of community activities.

Local businesses are extremely supportive with the offer of work experience opportunities, enabling us to provide students with an understanding of the skills and qualities required in the world of work.

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Leman 4 Life

Leman for Life is an annual 5km Fun Run which takes place on the school site to raise money for Cancer Research UK. The event is organised in conjunction with Beccles Friends of Cancer Research UK and Bungay Black Dog Runners. This year the event will take place on Tuesday 26th June 2018. 

So far we have raised an incredible £59,180 and this year we hope to smash the £60,000 "diamond" milestone. 

Donations came be made via sponsorship forms or via our giving page

Building on the success of last year, some staff and sixth form students are organising a triathlon ending with the 5km run alongside the rest of the school. To donate to the triathlon please click here 

Beccles Cycle for Life

The Beccles Cycle for Life is an annual sponsored charity cycle ride, setting off from Sir John Leman High School. The event is run by Rotary Club of Beccles, with profits from the event split equally between the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the club's charitable trust. 

On Sunday 13th May 2018, Beccles Cycle for Life celebrated its 17th year, with around 250 cyclists riding a variety of routes.

To make a donation to the Beccles Cycle for Life, please click here

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Aluwani Foundation

In 2017 we raised a total of £3,331, with just over £3,000 being donated to the Aluwani Foundation and the rest to purchase tress to off-set the school's carbon footprint. 

The Aluwani Foundation has now received the funds which have been used towards a food and water security project in Ga-Dikgale, installation of water collection systems at eleven of the childcare facilities and fencing at a further two facilities. 

Raising and Giving (RAG) Week

RAG Week is the second biggest fundraising focus at Sir John Leman High School and a fitting end to the Autumn Term. Rag Week sees the school putting on various events led by the Sixth Form Council and numerous other students across year groups, events such as cake sales, 'Are You Smarter Than a 12 Year Old?', 'Leman's Got Talent', 'Staff's Got Talent', 'Minion Auction' and various sporting competitions (along with brave Sixth Formers having their heads shaved!). The past few years have seen a resurgence in funds raised and an ever-increasing tightening ofthe SJLHS community and ethos. We're proud of what our students do and give during this time; regardless of how much is given individually, it is the total raised and the quality of events that we're proud of. 


Beccles Twinning Gala Dinner

Beccles Town Twinning Association marked its Ruby Twinning Anniversary with Petit Couronne with a weekend of celebrations. We welcomed 28 of the delegation into the school on Friday morning. Their presence caused great interest and lots of questions about twinning. 

There was little time to draw breath as the hall needed transforming into a banqueting hall! This really was a team effort with the catering staff, the site team, staff, students and twinning committee members getting the hall ready to welcome guests. The weather held, and guests enjoyed music played by our students, whilst having canapes and summer fizz in the Atrium and garden, before making their way to school hall.

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Once seated, they listened to music and speeches from our MP, Peter Aldous, The Mayor of Beccles, Richard Stubbings and representatives from Petit Couronne and Arlem. The guests, ageing from 8 to 80, then enjoyed a traditional roast dinner of beef and Yorkshire pudding followed by strawberries and a delicious warm honey and pepper sauce. 

Ceremonial cake cutting and coffee followed, accompanied by a performance from the combined U3A Musical Group.

Special thanks to all the students who took part during the event. They really did the school proud - something Mr Taylor, who was representing the school, didn't tire from hearing from the guests all evening!

Coffee Mornings

The Sixth Form Council have put together two of these amazing events, with a whole-school bake and cake sale which saw nearly the whole school getting involved in some way. Members of our local care homes, community groups, church groups and general community were invited to join us to eat, drink and chat alongside our Sixth Formers and enjoy entertainment provided by various students here at SJLHS. The totals we raised at both of our coffee mornings are as follows:-

MacMillan Coffee Morning we raised: £550
Alzheimers Coffee Morning: £353.97

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Red Nose Day

There were flashes of red everywhere as many students and staff wore something red to support Red Nose Day! Thank you to those who purchased red noses, to those who baked and bought cakes, to the students and staff who put up with being pelted with 'squirty cream' pies and to those who got the hall 'rocking' at lunchtime.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the day such a fundraising success, the final total raised was a fantastic £1,875.97!

Basketball Camps

The Venue recently had the pleasure of hosting a Basketball Camp in Partnership with Basketball England for a fantastic group of players from London and Luton. 

A great time was had by all, with the young people taking part in not only basketball but also Team Building activities and orienteering on Beccles Common. 'Beccles Bombers' Basketball Team were instrumental in bringing the event to Beccles. The team regularly play at the community sports centre here at Sir John Leman - further details can be found on our website. 

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Crazy Hat Day

Students and staff donned hats, baked and ate cakes, purchased raffle tickets and wore non-uniformon the last day of the Spring Term in aid of Sport Relief, Brain Tumour Research and Parikhrma Humanitarian Foundation, who run schools and offer support to families in Bangalore, India. We raised a grand total of £996.

We also held a 'Walk and Talk' around the main school field to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health and the part that fresh air and chatting can do to maintain this. A great event enjoyed by all who took part. 


Armistice Day

A one minute of silence was observed on Friday 11th November throughout the school to commemorate the end of the First World War, and for those killed in combat both then and also more recently. 

Students and members of staff stopped what they were doing to show their respect and to listen to 'The Last Post' and 'Reveille' played by three groups of our students, representing all year groups at strategic points aroud the school. 

Mr Taylor reported on the event, expressing his thanks to all involved "Many thanks to all, for your support and contribution this morning which enabled us, as a school, to mark this event respectfully and with dignity. The muscians, as ever made a significant contribution to our short act of remembrance, for which I thank them on everyone's behalf. We should be proud of such moments in our school". 

Throughout the week we had a small stand in our main reception area, dedicated to Remembrance Day. Our contribution to local commemoration events continued on Sunday where our Head Boy and Head Girl attended a ceremony at the Town Memorial, laying a poppy wreath on behalf of the school. 

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