In mid-September, Lower Sixth Form representatives from all the boarding and day Houses at Oundle School put together a variety of games and stalls for the School’s annual Charities Fair.
Pupils chose a variety of charities to support, including the Adam Rogers Trust, Bloodwise, Wateraid and the British Heart Foundation. Wood Green animal shelter and the local Air Ambulance were also represented, with a total of just under £1000 raised.
Head of Charities, Ian Clark commented, “The event provides an opportunity for fund and awareness raising and also helps new pupils to the School get a taste for philanthropic activities. Some stalls were just for fun (throwing sponges at teachers and an egg roulette game!) whilst others raised awareness of real issues such as a memory testing game for Alzheimer’s UK.
Pupil, Harriet Tsang (16) commented, “The atmosphere was brilliant at the charity event, which involved pupils and teachers alike. We were lucky to have such good weather. My House (New House) raised about £150 for the Air Ambulance Northampton, which aims to provide a rapid response to medical or trauma emergencies.
Our stall was one of many which included a mixture of games, including a pin game, pin the fin on the shark, a photo booth and face painting. It was a very rewarding experience and with so much money being raised for a multitude of charities, I think that we all had a very successful afternoon. It was a really good bonding experience between the year groups.”
Ian concluded, “Last year, the School raised in excess of £114,000 for local, national and international charities with Fourth Form (Year 10) pupils also involved in the Big Give Philanthropy in schools programme. We look forward to building on this in 2015-2016, with many different charity initiatives already planned.”
Background Information on Oundle School
Oundle School is situated in the quintessentially English market town of Oundle, about 90 miles north of London. The School’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent, its campus.
The School’s history dates back to 1556, when Sir William Laxton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876, the Grocer’s Company divided the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School, primarily for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for pupils from further afield. In 2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two schools under the common name of Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton for the day House.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading English public schools by its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who established Oundle’s reputation as one of the great science and engineering schools, a reputation still renowned today. In 2007, SciTec - a major and ground-breaking new science complex - opened, housing 16 state-of-the-art laboratories. The School is now embarking on a large SciTec Campus development project which will see a new Mathematics department constructed adjacent to SciTec as well as a significant upgrade to the Design and Technology department within the Patrick Engineering Centre. Due for completion in September 2016, the development will unite Science, Mathematics, Design, Technology and Engineering both physically and philosophically, enabling pupils to move seamlessly from theory to practice and from pure science to the achievement of a workable technology. A concurrent Sports MasterPlan will upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few years, including a new 1st XI cricket pavilion which opened in April 2015 and new astroturfs due to be completed this year.
There are currently 1110 pupils on roll at Oundle School, with 860 boarders and 250 day pupils. Also within the Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior School, a day School for children aged 4 to 11.