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HEAD ON… Sweet Charity

December 14th, 2016

caroline-pascoe-head-on-sweet-charityThe happiest people are the ones who make others happy. Throughout Monmouth School for Girls’ 125-year history, staff have instilled this vital life lesson into our pupils’ hearts and minds.

Achieving top academic results and shining in sport and the arts are always high up on a girl’s list of priorities.

But, equally important to her, will be finding ways to support less fortunate people, both close to home and further afield. From cake sales to full-scale variety shows, the school is always planning for its next opportunity to make a difference.

We have put on musical extravaganzas in aid of Children in Need since 1984, raising more than £50,000 for the cause in that time. Our latest Pudsey-inspired gala saw children from Year 7 to Sixth Form take to the stage to deliver a colourful array of dances, vocal performances and instrumental pieces. Thanks to ticket sales, a raffle and an auction, generous parents helped us to raise £4,000 for the charity.

Locally, a group of Sixth Formers have joined forces with Monmouth School for Boys to volunteer at a Newport-based organisation which provides food and furniture for people in need throughout the region.

As well as fundraising for Raven House Trust, the pupils regularly work at the branch, helping to make and distribute food parcels.

Hands-on, worthwhile work like this puts things into perspective for our girls and makes them appreciate how fortunate they are.

Our adventurous expedition to India in the summer holidays gave 22 girls and 18 boys from the Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools the incredible opportunity to change lives on another continent.

They spent a week acclimatising in Burua, working at the Upper Valley School, which I established in 1997.

A sparkling new paint job was the result of their hard work and preceded a mammoth high-altitude trek in the Himalayan foothills.

Acts of kindness like this, combined with year-round fundraising, create humble, well-rounded girls, motivated to make a positive impact on the world when they leave us.

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