Sixth Form Charity Week sets a challenge... | Portsmouth High School

Sixth Form Charity Week sets a challenge…

The Portsmouth High School Sixth Form held their annual Charity Week last week. Head Girl, Anna Mackay, 18, explains what the week is about and how they decided on their chosen charity, Camfed.

“Charity Week at Portsmouth High has been going on for over 25 years and is always run entirely by the Sixth Form. This year the week was made up of a fancy dress parade, a talent show, staff Bake-Off and even a PHS version of Would I Lie to You? This year we chose to support the girls education charity Camfed which was set up by Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) alumna, Mrs Ann Cotton.

We believe that there is nothing more important than education. Camfed provides education and support to girls in Sub-Saharan Africa, opening up their future and the possibilities available to them. Not only does the charity support girls through school, but they build up a network which is continuous through their life. When you educate a girl, everything changes. Camfed looks at the world from the girl’s perspective and works with communities to dismantle the barriers to her education, and to a life of independence and leadership.

We’ve got such an array of talent in the school and it is a great opportunity for girls to be performing in front of their peers at the same time as raising awareness and much needed funds for Camfed. The highlight of the week was the Fashion Show which we held on Thursday and Friday evenings. We have had support from Tony Wood Hair Salon, New Look, Community Fusion, Monsoon and Bored of Southsea. Our A Level art students designed the set and even made some dresses themselves and we also had designs from the University of Portsmouth.

The week was also about team work. We’ve worked immensely hard as a Sixth Form from organising daily events that the whole school can be involved in but also have to take responsibility for the business side of the week as well; the finance and insurance as well as the ticketing, marketing and accompanying paperwork. We’ve juggled this with A Level and other commitments but we understand that this is a reflection of real life and a play hard, work hard ethos which the school has taught us from the beginning.”

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