At Teesside High School we are very focused on educating pupils in every sense of the word. As well as the more obvious aspects of education, we spend a lot of time teaching our pupils about how to live their lives in a way that is respectful of others. At the most basic level this involves teaching them about manners and being kind to one another. However, we also teach them to think about those who are less fortunate than themselves and to value the material things that they personally own.
One of the most important ways we do this is through encouraging the pupils to give and to raise money for charitable causes throughout the year.
Every year we adopt a number of main charities to support - each of the senior Houses chooses their own charity and the Prep School and Pre-Prep choose their own. We try to vary the type of charities we adopt from year to year so that the pupils become aware of the different types of worthy cause which they should be aiming to help. This year to date we are supporting Macmillan Cancer Research, Daisy Chain, Zoe’s Place, Teenage Cancer Trust, Save the Children, Neuro Foundation and St Theresa’s Hospice amongst others.
Most years we support Children in Need and Comic or Sport Relief by holding a Non Uniform Day with other activities, and we annually take part in The Royal British Legion Appeal through the Poppy Day appeal. We provided food for those falling on hard times through the Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Stockton Food Banks this Christmas and we often send Christmas boxes to disadvantaged children in Eastern Europe and the Middle East through supporting the Shoebox appeal.
In a typical year the School will raise over £2000 to donate to charity, sometimes much more. We do not get complacent and always want to do better so our pupils hopefully grow up learning that helping others in whatever way is possible is the right way to live their lives.