Charity

Sport Relief Riotous Race

Before they spent time at an important UCAS presentation looking forward to their exciting futures, the Sixth Form organised a fun run with a twist on Wednesday to raise money for Sport Relief. They draughted in some teaching legends to take part in a ‘High Heel Race’. The winner by a square mile in speed and style was Ricky, our Head Chef, who got off to a cracking start, wearing a beautiful pink dress! It was a good effort from all the other competitors; Mrs Allen, Mr Butler, Mrs Horton, Mr Marrison and Mrs McGarry but the pack couldn’t catch up with the breakneck baker!

History Conference

Mrs Haddock reports ‘After a successful rendez-vous under the clock at Waterloo Station I and a select party of Sixth Form Historians headed off to be enlightened on the finer details of Russia’s rulers at a revision conference on Russia 1855-1964.

The speakers were all leaders in their field and provided some fascinating insights into Russian History as well as some top tips on question analysis. The talks covered key examination questions including the collapse of Tsarism and the success or otherwise of Stalin’s rule. Inevitably, comparisons between Stalin and Putin were made and we came away with the depressing thought that, perhaps the very nature of Russia and its people, leant itself to some form of strong leadership. The discussion that followed was testament to the intellectual ability of the girls and their capacity to absorb lots of information over a short time period.  A day well-spent!’

 

In this morning’s assembly, Deric Quaile, President of the Guildford Lions Club presented seven of the girls with their Young Leaders in Service awards, taking the number of awards completed by pupils at the school to 12. Well done to Sixth Formers Bethan, Katie, Holly G, Jinyan, Emma, Wing Sze and Chloe!

The girls did a variety of activities including one to one respite for disabled children, teaching French and Chinese as foreign languages, marshaling at park runs, assisting in the school library, undertaking voluntary work in charity shops, and supervising junior boarding.

The Lions Young Leaders in Service Awards (also known as YLiS) recognise young people between the ages of 11 and 18 for their community service in a 12-month period. They receive a Bronze (up to 50 hours), Silver (up to 100 hours) or Gold (100 or more hours) award. This is an internationally recognised award and encourages young people to volunteer their time to help others in their community.

 

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Mr Taylor reports ‘As part of Student Volunteering Week, we welcomed back PF Old Girl Jess Best to present an assembly on her charity work and to talk to the Lower Sixth Geographers. Since leaving Prior’s Field in 2013, Jess has achieved a degree in Human Geography and Masters in Social Science Research Methods in Environmental Planning and, having recently returned from volunteering in Nicaragua for three months, she wanted to inspire others to go and make change too. Whilst there, Jess was working on a water, sanitation and hygiene project, constructing latrines and teaching about the implications of poor sanitation/hygiene. Prior to this, she was volunteering in Bolivia alongside conducting research for her Masters dissertation and helping local children by working on social development projects to help improve confidence in themselves. Jess also believes that helping others can also be done at home, for example she ran a dance club in a primary school in Cardiff for a year, after being President of the dance society at her university.

The overall message from Jess’ presentation is that anyone can go and help those less fortunate than themselves, anywhere, and no project is too small to make a difference. Jess certainly inspired our girls.’

Help Others - volunteering

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”  Maya Angelou

The girls raised a staggering £3,082.91 for a variety of charitable causes last term by virtue of some enterprising and successful events and fundraisers. From Sixth Formers rowing the length of the Channel on a rowing machine in aid of our Tinga Tinga charity to a spooktacular Halloween bake sale collecting money for Disasters Emergency Committee for the Rohingya Refugees. Thank you to everyone who donated and took part in any of our charitable events.

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The Boarder’s brought some festive cheer to raise the spirits of shoppers at Waitrose on Monday Evening with a toe tapping array of Carols sung in aid of Help For Heroes. The action-packed version of Twelve Days of Christmas was particularly popular.

Meanwhile Fourth form have been collecting donations for the Number Five Project, a homeless charity for the area. They have created a reverse advent calendar where they each brought in food, toiletries and clothes for the homeless to help them over the winter. Their enthusiasm and donations were impressive. Well done to everyone!”

Not to be out done the boarders also donated to the local Busbridge Church Christmas hamper project which supports families in the community who may benefit from a little Christmas cheer.

A truly team effort saw staff and students successfully Row the Channel and back in reception last Friday, in a Lower Sixth fundraising drive for Tinga Tinga primary school in Tanzania. Dr Goldsmith thanked all those who supported the achievement: ‘You will be pleased to know that we successfully avoided cross-channel ferries and container ships and made it back to Blighty at 5pm today. We also raised just under £200 for the Row the Channel bit of today’s fundraising! (More to come from Christmas jumper and giraffe money.) This is brilliant news, so thank you very much to all the many staff and students who did their bit to help reach our total of 75,200 metres. Special mention to Mr Kinder and to Mr McLean for rowing 5,000 and 10,000 metres respectively and please pass on thanks to all those who so very generously donated money.’

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Congratulations to the Third Form for raising just under £500 for Tinga Tinga, with their ‘In Her Shoes Day’ on Friday; the girls’ ambition to buy a pair of shoes for every child at the Tanzanian primary school is in sight.

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Congratulations to the Lower Sixth Form who spearheaded a bake sale during Thursday’s House Sport, raising funds for Tinga Tinga primary school in Tanzania.

Also in support of Tinga Tinga, the Third Form masterminded an ‘In Her Shoes Day’. Pupils from all years contributed £1 – many from their own pocket money – to wear shoes of their choice today; many of the students at Tinga Tinga go bare foot or have ‘shoes’ made from tyres, and the funds raised will go towards buying them comfortable, fitting shoes that will improve their experience of walking to and from school – often an hour each way.

Head of Sociology Mrs Haddock sent a message of thanks to those in the school community ‘who so kindly donated colouring books and pens for the hospital in McKeni, Sierra Leone where my daughter works. All went to good use and gave the patients in the children’s ward much delight in an otherwise bleak situation; not even in the school do they have access to colouring books. It was especially moving to witness Santigie’s first smile in 6 months – after a fall from a mango tree had left him paralysed – when we gave him his presents, although I think the lollipops helped somewhat! Similarly, the gift of baby clothes went some way to give the mother of twins a little hope for the future of her babies – even if she put the boy in a dress because it was blue and the girl in yellow T shirt and shorts. There were so many other children and their parents who benefited and, in a country where many have nothing, your donations made a huge difference. Thank you.’

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Congratulations to the Lower Sixth Form who spearheaded a bake sale during Thursday’s House Sport, raising funds for Tinga Tinga primary school in Tanzania.
Also in support of Tinga Tinga, the Third Form masterminded an ‘In Her Shoes Day’. Pupils from all years contributed £1 – many from their own pocket money – to wear shoes of their choice today; many of the students at Tinga Tinga go bare foot or have ‘shoes’ made from tyres, and the funds raised will go towards buying them comfortable, fitting shoes that will improve their experience of walking to and from school – often an hour each way.

Head of Sociology Mrs Haddock sent a message of thanks to those in the school community ‘who so kindly donated colouring books and pens for the hospital in McKeni, Sierra Leone where my daughter works. All went to good use and gave the patients in the children’s ward much delight in an otherwise bleak situation; not even in the school do they have access to colouring books. It was especially moving to witness Santigie’s first smile in 6 months – after a fall from a mango tree had left him paralysed – when we gave him his presents, although I think the lollipops helped somewhat! Similarly, the gift of baby clothes went some way to give the mother of twins a little hope for the future of her babies – even if she put the boy in a dress because it was blue and the girl in yellow T shirt and shorts. There were so many other children and their parents who benefited and, in a country where many have nothing, your donations made a huge difference. Thank you.’