Withington Girls School Bulletin - July 2011 - (Page 1)
Editor: Mr Ray King Tel: 07768 022 082
Citizens of the Future
In the final week of term, the whole Senior School participated in a day of funpacked activities designed to remind them about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. This annual event, organised and orchestrated by Head of PSHCE Mrs Elizabeth Robinson, is designed to celebrate the importance of working with one another and with the wider community. The day included the recreation of the Houses of Parliament, charity aid programmes, visits to local schools and hospitals and Fair Trade. Mentored and supported by members of the Sixth Form, the Third Form were ‘let loose’ in the local community. Their tasks included assisting Mrs Sargent with a percussion workshop at Old Moat Primary School; running a car wash to raise funds for the Christie; staging a fashion show at St Paul’s Primary School; planting at the Minehead Resource Centre; painting benches in Kingswood Park and helping out with younger children at the Ladybarn Community Centre. Lower Fourth pupils examined the extent of child poverty in the UK and the role of major charities such as Unicef, Oxfam and Barnardo’s in tackling the problem whilst those in the Upper Fourth took over the Sports Hall to conceive, develop and produce a Fair Trade product. The Lower Fifth, meanwhile, studied the British political system, recreating a ‘House of Commons’ in the Arts Centre where they staged topical debates on motions to lower the voting age to 16 and increase taxes on the rich. Mrs Marks said: “It was very exciting. No other school I have worked at has had an event like this. I enjoyed going out to Old Moat Primary School in the morning and judging the presentations in the afternoon. The breadth of activities was really amazing.”
I feel astonished to be writing this letter to you, having already reached the end of my first year as Headmistress of Withington! I would like to thank the entire Withington community for the warmth of your welcome, and for all the encouragement and support I have received since I arrived last September. I have very much enjoyed getting to know the girls, staff and Governors, along with so many parents, former students and former members of staff, and I look forward to developing those relationships in the coming years. I should also like to send my warmest thanks to the Withington Onwards and PTA Committee members for all their help and support to the School over the past twelve months. This term has been packed with interesting and exciting activities, including Citizenship Day, which headlines this Bulletin. It was truly heartwarming to watch our girls engage with our local and national community in all manner of ways. The depth of their concern for the well-being of others marks the girls of this school out as special, and it was no surprise to learn that collectively they have raised over £24,000 for charity during the School year. Withington has a proud tradition of helping to teach gifted and talented youngsters from local primary schools through the SHINE programme which takes place here on Saturday mornings. We were delighted to learn that our recent application has resulted in the award of funding to support the programme here for a further three years. This is a testimony to the wonderful work being done at Withington under the leadership of Dr Cristina Vilela and Miss Sarah Davies. Continued on page 2...
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