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Growing the capital fund for the bursary endowment remains our top challenge and priority. Currently a key focus of our fundraising is raising money to provide a permanent endowed place for a student from our own Hammersmith & Fulham community.
|11+ Bursary – 7 years||16+ Bursary – 2 years|
|Amount per month if 20 people group together*||£129||£129|
*The above figures are based on the 2021/22 fees, including a 3% fee increase per annum plus ancillaries such as music lessons, educational trips, public exam fees and text books. If Gift Aid is applied, the above figures will be reduced by 20%.
If you would like to support the bursary programme either by setting up a regular monthly or annual gift or by making a one-off gift, please follow the links below.
We greatly welcome support at all levels. Many donors spread their support over time in instalments, sometimes funding full or partial bursaries on a cumulative basis.
Alumnae and parents will be familiar with the wreath cast in the wrought-iron staircase on the Marble which is the school’s emblem. Paulinas are using digital technology to design a 3D version of the wreath, 1.1m in diameter, which will be cast at a bronze foundry. Each of the 80 leaves can be named in support of a permanent endowment for a Hammersmith & Fulham student who needs financial assistance. An artist’s impression of the wreath is pictured in situ behind the Great Hall.
We have chosen to adopt the school motto, Fide et Literis, as the name for the campaign. The wreath, which reflects the school’s architecture and focuses on good quality materials and design, will be a permanent fixture in the school, as well as investing in students’ artistic and digital and design skills.
Each leaf can be engraved with 40 characters and a donation of £1,000 will name a leaf in this exciting new artwork. If you would like to name a leaf, please make an instant gift online, either through bank transfer or the link below, and provide the 40 characters you would like to appear on your leaf.
To find out more and to donate, please visit Frau Frank’s Paragliding Adventure – JustGiving.
In order to raise money for the bursary fund, Miss Frank undertook a paraglide in November 2021. She had never paraglided in her life. Her aim was to raise sufficient funds to cover the fees for the first year of a MIV bursary student. An ambitious project! We can still support her in this endeavour!
Miss Kate Frank (known to many as ‘Frau Frank’), was Head of Lower School at SPGS for 16 years, from 2004 to 2020. She has settled generations of MIV students into the school. She says, “So often have I seen promising young Paulinas come into MIV, shy and tentative at first, and then quickly opening up and beginning to blossom towards the end of the autumn term – this was the greatest joy in my role.”
Old Paulina Rosalind Franklin was a leading scientist who discovered DNA. In celebration of her achievements and as an endorsement of women’s education, we are inviting contributions towards a bursary for the next generation of students who will need to rely on financial support. No gift is too small and we welcome support at all levels based on the school’s founding year, 1904. This might be a regular gift of £1.90, £19.04, £190.40 or £1,904 a month or a single gift of over £500 in a year.
All Rosalind Franklin Benefactors will be invited to an annual event with the High Mistress and be listed in our annual Foundation Report.
A full Bursary for one year is equivalent to:
136 Old Paulinas giving £19.04 a month for a year
52 parents each giving £50 a month for a year
If the regular gift continued for 7 years, it would fund a girl’s education at SPGS.
Students at 16+ can follow a 20-week elective where they investigate and learn about an area of computer science or creative technology, with access to mentors from London universities including Imperial College and Goldsmiths. They liaise with the technical manager for access to the laboratories and/or the Maker space, in one or more periods in the week or after school, whichever works best. Previous investigations have included robotics, AI and data science, machine learning, algorithmic music, and interactive 3D environments.
Senior students can also join the leadership of the Computer Science society and provide mentoring to younger pupils, organise speakers and competitions. Alternatively, they can simply join the society and benefit from the events organised. Other opportunities for leadership include becoming a student teacher with Launch engineering; here they organise a year’s programme of teaching and delivering weekly lessons in electronics engineering, to a cohort of younger pupils from SPGS and partnership schools. Many girls entering the Senior School start by completing their Arkwright scholarship entries, and we have an excellent record of success in this scheme.
Good ideas are always supported, if possible, and students are encouraged to come into the department and find out how to make their ideas reality.
The coming year holds the promise of our first school hackathon, as well as interesting projects such as a web-based QR code interactive trail, e-sports and streaming and a robotics team entry. These are examples of student-led initiatives, and many more are in the pipeline.
You can name one of the seats in the Singing Hall, a Grade II listed building, in support of the bursary endowment. At present, the income raised funds approximately 15 of the 89 bursaries. A healthy endowment is essential to the success and continuity of the bursary programme and all gifts help to build a strong future for bursary recipients. For a donation of £2,500 a plaque will be inscribed with your personalised message and fixed to the back of a seat. The wording is up to you and can be anything up to 40 characters. After donating, please email email@example.com to confirm your message.
Between 2009 and 2021, parent and alumnae class gifts have raised a phenomenal £1.8M to create bursaries for future generations of Paulinas. Class gift campaigns are co-ordinated by groups of parent or alumnae volunteers. Please speak to Rosemary Torrington, Foundation Director, if you would like to find out more about leading a class gift (+44 20 7605 4814).
Our many thanks go to the groups who have funded bursaries enabling students to come to St Paul’s who would not otherwise have been able to do so. Parents organised and donated to Leavers’ Bursaries every year from 2009 to 2020. Alumnae in the leaving classes of 1978, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1993 similarly donated to class gifts and alumnae with Greek connections created the Hellenic Bursary.
Every year the MIV complete a sponsored swim, with 50% of the donations given to the school charities and the other 50% going to the school’s bursary fund. The MIV typically collect a staggering £3,000 through their sponsorships – a huge congratulations to the students for their efforts.
The bursary programme is one of the best things about our school. Sarah Fletcher, High Mistress
Past philanthropy from alumnae and parents has enabled us to invest in resources enjoyed by students today. These have included ‘Pepper’, a humanoid robot which gives students the opportunity to explore code, robotics and artificial intelligence.
Donors have generously named all of the 80 Fide et Literis leaves from the first wreath, with the money raised going towards the endowment fund. We are now collecting donations towards the second wreath and look forward to the arrival of our cast-iron wreaths on site.
Thanks to the help of SPGS families, the Boat Club was able to add three new boats to their fleet: two single sculls and a new Filippi coxless quad. The coxless quad purchased by the parents collectively is named after our High Mistress ‘HM Fletcher’.
In January 2020, 280 guests attended a Gala dinner and auction in the beautiful setting of St Paul’s Church, fundraising for the bursary endowment to secure a bursary place in perpetuity for a Hammersmith & Fulham student at St Paul’s. Over 70 wonderful auction lots had been kindly donated to the silent and live auctions in support of the cause.
All parents automatically become members of our thriving Parents’ Guild when their daughter joins the school and soon find themselves welcomed into our warm, diverse and inclusive community. The SPGS Parents’ Guild serves two purposes: to foster a strong sense of community within the school and to raise funds to enhance the lives of the students. We aim to foster this community spirit through a variety of social and other activities for pupils, parents, families and staff.
We are delighted to present a beautiful collection of SPGS branded gifts via the Parents’ Guild’s online merchandise store. Many items will make perfect keepsakes for students leaving this year, or for the wider school community. To see the full selection of items available, please visit www.spgspguildmerchandise.com. All proceeds go towards the Bursary Fund, the girls’ charitable ventures and school projects that fall outside of departmental budgets.
The Guild organise regular coffee mornings and evening drinks to enable parents to meet and get to know one another. The popular Christmas Fair, which is held every other year, is the Guild’s main fundraising event and is always much anticipated. Planning has already begun for the next Christmas Fair, which will take place in November 2021. In the meantime, we are also busy planning a variety of online events so that the community can continue to come together. We use the money we raise from our events to make regular contributions to the bursary fund, charities chosen by the students and to school projects that benefit the students in ways that fall outside departmental budgets, such as travel scholarships and author visits. We recently made donations towards the manufacturing of PPE by the Engineering Club and a hardship fund for parents.
The Parents’ Guild offer parents plenty of opportunity to get involved with the life of the school. The Arts Society Team arrange interesting cultural and artistic events on a not-for-profit basis. The Lost Property Team helps reunite students with their possessions by running the daily lost property service and regular second-hand uniform sales. The Flower Team’s lovely floral displays make the school even more beautiful; you will notice these on the Marble and elsewhere when you visit the school. The Sports Club gives access to the school’s excellent pool to all SPGS families at nominal rates and the efficient network of year reps and teaching class reps organises social gatherings for parents and students according to their academic year and teaching group.
If you have any queries, please contact us via email.
—SPGS Parents’ Guild Committee 2020-21
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