We have recently had our third session of our newly-launched buddying initiative. More than 30 Paulinas in the VIII have committed their time, knowledge, and experience of university applications to support students collaboratively from four other schools, including another Mercers’ school in Horsham. Sessions have been happening twice a week on Zoom, with further sharing of resources through emails in between. We hope that this will continue into the autumn term alongside the usual sharing of our HE & Careers programmes with over 100 pupils from many other schools.
We have been working on several other collaborative projects with St Paul’s School and an online entrepreneurship project as part of the West London Partnership is already underway. Over the summer there are virtual lectures and participation in a student-led online Youth Business Fair. The fair is suitable for children ages 7-18 and you can find link to the Fair here. A project with the Thames Festival Project is also set to commence, collaborating with the wonderful photographer Henry Reichhold and students from several schools. The project is commissioned to produce a 3D virtual piece on the Thames for this year’s Thames Festival.
This term has brought many challenges and we have done our best to respond. We have produced around 4,500 meals for those in need thanks to the amazing volunteers from our catering staff, sourced funding for around 70 laptops and other resources for schools and continued to keep as many links with our community as possible, particularly through our many eco partnerships and initiatives such as the London Schools Eco Network. The remote school has also bought opportunities with over 50 guests from other schools regularly accessing our talks and events remotely, which we hope to be able to continue to offer in the future.