At TWGGS, each and every pupil takes part in fundraising events throughout the year, working together within their forms to raise as much money as possible for a variety of charities. Each term, the four Sixth Form charity prefects choose a different cause: one international, one national and one local. They then present a whole-school assembly about each charity. Following this, each form is encouraged to carry out one fundraiser during the year. These might include (to name just a few) Krispy Kreme and hot chocolate sales, bake sales, chocolate tombolas, sponsored silences, selling handmade jewellery or scrunchies and even teacher events such as “save or shave”!
The charities chosen always vary from year to year, although one cause we consistently support is the Ghana Education Project. Through our sustained fundraising, TWGGS has helped to build and support the Kyabobo Girls’ school in Nkwanta and, until the pandemic, the fundraising team of TWGGS pupils and staff visited the school on a biennial basis, to teach in the school and experience its work first hand. This is something that we hope will return as an opportunity for our pupils but, until then, TWGGS continually supports the development of the girls’ education in Ghana by nominating it as our international charity every year. By the time the team went on the trip in 2018, we had raised around £42,000 for the Kyabobo Girls’ School. To find out more about the work of the Ghana Education Project, please visit ghanaeducationproject.org.uk.
The national and local charities chosen vary year upon year, and often reflect current or relevant issues. This year we have supported Womens’ Aid given the impact of the pandemic on the issue of womens’ safety. In the past we have supported Porchlight, a charity helping the homeless, as well as various environmental charities.
In addition to the charity selected each term, we hold school-wide events throughout the year to raise money for the TWGGS PTA, including costumed sponsored walks and Christmas fetes. We also annually collect food in the Autumn to donate to people in need around harvest time through the local charity Nourish. As well as competing to collect the most food, each form creatively decorates the box containing all their tins which are then presented and judged in a very colourful assembly.
Charlotte, Izzy, Katy and Maya
Upper Sixth Charities Prefects
Headteacher Linda Wybar
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