Out of Africa

S. Anselm’s is delighted to be the first school in the UK to launch a groundbreaking new campaign – Out of Africa – in support of the much loved Born Free Foundation, by joining forces with Bamford’s Auctioneers and the Born Free Foundation itself.

A special assembly was held at which TV presenter and auctioneer James Lewis, introduced the Campaign, talking about his passion as a patron for the Born Free Foundation. He went on to explain to a very excited hall of children, how each and every one of the S. Anselm’s children can get personally involved and make a difference to the future of the Africa’s precious animals and wildlife.

We also received a personalised film message from none other than Virginia McKenna OBE, who starred in the original film of Born Free in the role of Joy Adamson and went on to co-found the Born Free Foundation. 

You can watch her message here >>  

Virginia McKenna OBE

The campaign will build up to a major event on 21st and 22nd June 2019 – a World Record attempt for the longest ever auction by a solo auctioneer – James Lewis himself.  The auction will raise funds to to help wildlife around the world.

S. Anselm’s children will be setting out to generate sponsorship for the auction, at which they will be directly involved – as runners, porters and administrators – working with and alongside many celebrity guests – as well as participating in media interviews and coverage surrounding the event.

The campaign will enable the children to learn about other cultures, wildlife conservation and caring for our planet and ultimately feel empowered for change. They will also be forging links with the Maasai tribe and two very lucky children will have the opportunity to travel to Africa to work alongside conservationists there!

The 24-hour Guinness World Record Auction will start at 6.30pm on Friday 21st June at Bamford’s Auction House in Rowsley – to which over 1,000 have been donated to Bamfords. The grand finale will see the auction move in minutes to a special location, where we will hopefully witness the setting of a new Guinness World Record and raise even more money for Born Free. Guests will arrive from 6.30pm for a lavish evening filled with entertainment. Here the pinnacle of the auction will take place with 50 spectacular ‘money can’t buy’ lots including some impressive lots donated by the patrons of the Born Free Foundation.

Do watch this space for more information about this amazing event and how you can support the children of S. Anselm’s in raising funds. Thank you.

Countdown to Gala World Record 24 Hour Auction









Fund raising underway!

At our Junior Production of The Lion King, audience donations to The Born Free Foundation totaled: £451.04




Conservation activities

Our younger children enjoyed taking part in an activity morning on animal conservation as part of our Out of Africa Campaign.

Parent and Born Free Patron, James Lewis, kick started the events by talking to the children about wonderful fundraising that has taken place so far and how important every little bit of money is for the charity.  The children then got busy with exciting activities including making origami bookmarks, creating animal masks, making collages and designing posters.  The activities involved lots of collaboration, discussion, thoughtful questions, reflection and – most of all – fun.




Latest activity

Holme Hall – Grande Auction Finale – 22nd June: 7.00PM

We are delighted to announce the Auction catalogue will be available for viewing two weeks prior to the event at Holme Hall on June 22nd.  

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Wildlife enthusiast, Tom Scott in Year 5, is using his head in a very imaginative way in a bid to raise funds for the Born Free Foundation >> read more




The Lion King

Take a look at our sensational Junior Years’ Production of The Lion King – as well as an incredible masterclass from the first West End Simba, Roger Wright!   >> The Lion King



Launch assembly