In an assembly delivered online this week to the whole senior school, the Head Girl team were able to deliver the wonderful news that the school, spearheaded by the Head Girl team and Sixth Form, had raised £9718.25 for their chosen charity, The Society of St James, based in Chichester.
‘We were so pleased to raise this amount as The Society of St James is such an amazing charity in our local area,’ said Head Girl Chloe Wildsmith, 18. ‘As a year group we all worked so hard to put on a set of successful events throughout the year and our motivation was always to raise as much money as we could for a worthy cause as well as engaging the whole school in activities together.’
Charity Week mainly took place in November 2019 with lunchtime events, a netball match versus the First XV rugby team from the Portsmouth Grammar School and culminated in a two night fashion show. Two of the Head Girl team, plus their mums also took part in the Portsmouth Sleepover which boosted the fund raising efforts.
‘The Society of St James work with people to identify their individual needs and to find ways that we can support them to make the changes they want to see in their own lives,’ said Trevor Pickup, SSJ Chief Executive, ‘The support of Portsmouth High School will be invaluable to us and we are so grateful to the girls for choosing us as their Sixth Form Charity.’
Head of Sixth Form, Mr Rob Smith, added,
‘At Portsmouth High School we encourage social responsibility as much as academic achievements and the girls give to the community in many other ways too, offering their time and creativity to a huge range of projects. It is always encouraging to see young people engaged with the wider community.’