The Annual Fund
Withington is committed to providing the best possible educational opportunities for all pupils. The Annual Fund aims to raise money for necessary educational experiences and items of equipment identified by pupils and staff. The money raised, through generous donations from parents and alumnae, contributes to providing the best learning opportunities for all our pupils. We will shortly be announcing the exciting new projects that will be funded by the Annual Fund in the 2017-18 school year, so do keep an eye on this page to find out more about how you can support us.
Four projects were chosen for the previous Annual Fund and, thanks to kind contributions from our regular donors, we’re pleased to report that we raised enough money to fund each of these projects. All of the following items have now been purchased and installed at school.
Two New Lever Harps for the Music Department: £4,000
Withington’s thriving Harp Department originated with the purchase of the first lever harp by the PTA in 2010. This was followed by the acquisition of a pedal harp as a result of donations to the 2012 Annual Fund.
Nine girls are now learning to play the instrument and the standard of the harpists is ever rising. The Music Department are now able to offer more instruments for the girls to practice on through the purchase of a further 2 lever harps, at a cost of approximately £2,000 per instrument.
A New Kiln and Clay Extruder: £7,000
Over the past few years the Art Department has been increasingly exploiting the unique and exciting techniques and possibilities of using ceramics. They were keen to replace the school’s kiln, which was over 20 years old and in danger of becoming unusable, as they wanted to continue to offer this wonderful three-dimensional medium as a way for the girls to design and create superb art work. The girls thoroughly enjoy the experience of working with clay and the results provide a real richness and variety to their projects.
In addition to the kiln, the Art Department also wanted to purchase a clay extruder. This wall-mounted piece of equipment will allow the girls to more efficiently and professionally create coils of clay in order to craft larger, more sophisticated and intricate ceramic forms.
A ‘Print and Cut’ Machine for Design Technology: £6,000
The DT Department are now enjoying use of a state of the art ‘print and cut’ machine. This machine expands the girls’ learning experience in design technology, allowing them to design and create banners, stickers, labels, custom graphics, wall stickers and packaging to enhance the scope of their project work. This is to reflect and mirror what happens in the ‘real world’ and how industry operates. The machine has also greatly benefited other areas of school life, allowing us to create resources for charity events and other extra-curricular activities in a cost effective way.
Archive Display Cases and Digitisation of School Newsletters: £5,000
The school possesses a wealth of fascinating archive material dating back to its foundation 125 years ago. Successful funding from the Annual Fund has allowed our archivist to professionally digitise all school newsletters from 1903 to 2000. This will preserve valuable information for future generations and provide a useful resource for alumnae and historical research. School archive materials are used by the Archive and Heritage Club, the History Society and the History Department. Outside funding is being sought for digitising other items such as report books, registers, scrapbooks and photographs.
Our Archivist has also acquired two display cases to present delicate heritage material such as hand written manuscripts, reports, uniforms and photographs in a prominent place within school. A regular change of exhibits within these cases will provide an opportunity to share our variety of artefacts in a professional and secure fashion. It will allow pupils past and present, visitors, parents and staff a small insight into Withington’s heritage.
Want to Help?
We would not be able to offer these fantastic educational experiences to our girls if it wasn’t for the generosity of our community of parents, alumnae, staff and supporters. A donation – no matter the amount – can play a vital role in supporting our pupils, and ensuring their Withington education remains challenging, enriching and rewarding.
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