Christmas 2020 Appeal
Everyone is getting used to things being different at the moment, but Withington Girls’ School is making absolutely sure that the very special things in the life of the school still happen. Top of that list is Christmas and Director of Music, Mrs Gilly Sargent, has ensured that the whole community can enjoy all the traditional music performances, even though the school community and its various Christmas audiences will not be able to gather together as usual.
So, in the days before October half term, Withington’s auditorium was transformed into Santa’s grotto. Lights twinkled and Christmas music rang through the school as pupils dressed in Christmassy costumes were filmed performing a repertoire of carols, songs and music. It was a joyful triumph of logistics as Year groups were filmed separately among festively festooned screens and PPE.
The performances will be combined into a set of videos to be played back for the school’s traditional programme of seasonal concerts. Aside from providing Christmas entertainment for various audiences including the traditional St Ann’s Church service, the Senior Citizens’ Christmas Concert and the Junior and Senior Christmas concerts for the wider Withington community of pupils, parents, wider families, friends and alumnae, we will be fundraising for four charities.
Festive Fun for Four Charities
The Booth Centre
The Booth Centre is a community centre run with and for people affected by homelessness. It provides a warm welcome, an opportunity to belong, to gain a purpose and rebuild lives. Our programme includes activities such as volunteering, creative projects and sports, as well as training and help to gain employment. We also support people to improve health and wellbeing, to access emergency accommodation, and to secure and maintain a permanent home.
Wood Street Mission
Wood Street Mission is a Manchester children’s charity which helps children and families living in poverty in Manchester & Salford. We provide practical help to help meet children’s day-to-day needs and improve their life chances. More than 1 in 3 children in Manchester is living in poverty.
St Ann’s Church
A place of faith and welcome in the centre of Manchester that has long been host to Withington’s annual Carol Service.
WGS Bursary Fund – An Opportunity to Shine
We are proud that, at Withington, one-in-six of our pupils are supported by our Bursary Fund. Supported by the generosity of Withington alumnae and friends, like you. Because of this support, girls following in your footsteps are able create their own Withington memories and flourish in an outstanding educational environment as they prepare to make their own mark on the world.
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