In the Community
Our school works hard to support good causes, both national and local.
At Christmas we collect donated goods for the 'First Night Appeal' to help families feeling domestic violence have at least the basics, such as toys and toiletries, when they reach a safe refuge.
The Poppy Appeal is strongly supported in our school, with far more being collected in donations than much bigger schools.
Children in Need and Comic Relief are also very well supported. Our student Cooperative Council organises Cake Sales, Fashion Shows and Talent Shows in order to raise money and awareness for these and other issues.
Local causes and charities are also often taken up by our girls. For example a number of fundraising events for 'Team Jay' have been held in recent years, and our pupils were very supportive of the campaign for West Heath Library. Our pupils have also campaigned locally around safer streets, including presenting their ideas to council officials and councillors.
As a school we take pride in the fact that if our pupils feel strongly about a particular cause or issue, they are empowered to develop their own ideas and fundraising.
Our pupils volunteer to take on a range of valuable roles within school.
PALS - These year 11 volunteers are attached to year 7 form groups and provide hands-on help, advice and support to our youngest pupils.
Peer Buddies - These year 9 pupils run a drop-in service for younger pupils who are having friendship issues or who are feeling isolated, as well as being attached to year 7 forms to help younger pupils with day to day issues such as equipment and homework.
ARnties - These volunteers work with younger pupils on the Accelerated Reader Programme, helping these year 7s make rapid progress in their reading age.
Primary Reading Mentors - these year 9 pupils work with younger children at Cofton Primary School as paired readers.
Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl - these year 11 pupils are elected by staff each year for their outstanding contribution to school life. They play a wide ranging leadership role in the school such as speaking at public engagements.
Pupils taking part in the Longbridge Light Festival 2014.
(Above: former pupils who contributed to the 'Bat Wall' public arts project, located near to Longbridge Train Station)
Arts in the Community
Turves Green Girls' School also plays an important role within the community by participating in and leading on local public arts projects.
In 2013, a group of year 10 students worked with Mark Renn & Associates to design a mural called 'Bat Wall' - the mural features drawings and ideas from our girls, and is installed over a wall built to provide sanctuary for a colony of bats.
In 2014, year 7 and 8 pupils took part in the Longbridge Light Festival. Year 7s worked with artist Ruth Claxton to design and construct 'wearable lantern' sculptures, and participated in the performance piece 'Lantern Parade'. Year 8s worked together to design and make an entry for the window display competition, and contributed work to one of the artist installations, 'The Quartic Rides Again!'.
In 2015/16, students across key stage 3 will have the opportunity to work with local artists again; we are leading the a project with Longbridge Public Arts Project and Cathy Wade to create an interactive public art piece on the long concrete wall next to Longbridge Train Station. Keep an eye on the latest news blog for further information.