Charity fundraising at TWGGS is a very important part of our community, and is brought to the forefront through our many charity events across the year, which every pupil plays a part in. As the sixth form charity prefects, it is our responsibility to choose a cause to support each term. Over the course of the academic year, we support three charities: one local, one national and one international, and run an assembly about each one to raise awareness and ensure that students fully understand the meaning behind their donations. Every week, one form runs a fundraising event for that term’s charity; it is fantastic to see collaborative student-run events, and the way that the rest of the school population attend and donate generously. Fundraising activities have included talent shows, ‘sponge a teacher’, book swap and Halloween bake sale. In addition to these form-organised ones, some popular annual events include our UK and foreign coin collection, and the Krispy Kreme and Hot Chocolate Sale.

The international charity every other year is Ghana Education Project (GEP), which supports the Kyabobo Girls' School in Nkwanta. This is a charity very close to our hearts at TWGGS, having had links with it since 1987. In 2013, GEP opened Kyabobo Girls’ School (KGS) which is run as a partnership school with the Ghana Education Service who supply most of the teachers. GEP offers support by way of additional resources so that there are no barriers to girls attending school. GEP funds text books, science materials, Design and Food Tech resources, exercise books, sports equipment, extra-curricular activities and many other things. The charity has also funded an ICT suite, and some of the pupils at Kyabobo have recently won regional and national prizes in coding. Two pupils have won scholarships to attend STEM and Maths programmes. The school enables its pupils to complete secondary education and have access to further education, which is vital as many girls in the Nkwanta area of Ghana are not able to finish secondary school due to costs or difficult home circumstances.

The national and local charities that we support vary every year, and some previous examples include Women's Aid, Refugease and Porchlight.

Along with our charities selected each term, there are also a variety of charities that we fundraise for throughout the year. For example, we recently donated an incredible quantity of food and sanitary items to our local food bank, Nourish, for our annual Harvest collection. We also help to fundraise for the Royal British Legion by selling poppies in November.

Issy and Caitlin

Upper Sixth Charities Prefects
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