Enhancing Opportunities Annual Fund 2015-16

Withington is committed to providing the best possible educational opportunities for all pupils.  The Enhancing Opportunities Annual Fund aims to raise the following 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.

Four projects have been chosen for the Enhancing Opportunities Annual Fund for the 2015-16 School year:

Two New Lever Harps for the Music Department: £4,000

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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 this year alone has seen the Harp Department perform at Open Day, the ‘Towards the Light’ Book Launch, an informal Harp and Flute recital and at the 125th Anniversary Gala Concert. Numbers continue to increase and the standard of the harpists is ever rising. Harps are not cheap instruments and not easily accessible. The Music Department would like to be able to offer more instruments for the girls to practice on and have asked for a further 2 lever Harps at a cost of approximately £2,000 per instrument.

Enhancing Ceramics in Art- a new kiln and clay extruder: £7,080

Over the past few years the Art Department has been increasingly exploiting the unique and exciting techniques and possibilities of using ceramics. The current kiln is approximately 20 years old and will soon be unusable. The Art Department is keen to replace it as they want 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 would like 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: £6,143

The DT Department would like a ‘print and cut’ machine which delivers durable, high-quality print results then cuts out the design in one seamless operation. This machine would enhance and enrich the girls learning experience, and would increase the scope for project work, extra-curricular and cross-curricular activities. This technology can print banners and posters and can copy artwork onto canvas. It can also produce items such as printed stickers, labels, custom graphics, floor graphics, removable wall stickers and packaging.

Pupils at Key Stage 3 currently use CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture) in all DT and Textiles project work, and Junior School girls also incorporate CAD/CAM into their Art and Design lessons. This is to reflect and mirror what happens in the ‘real world’ and how industry operates. Other areas in school life will also benefit from this machine including the Spring Fair, charity events, Young Enterprise and the SHINE programme.

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Sharing our School Archives- 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. A donation from the Annual Fund would enable the School to professionally digitise its newsletters from 1903 to 2000. This will preserve valuable information for future generations and will 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 would also like to acquire 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.

WGS Archive

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. Here’s how your donations could help:

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