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Giving back

We actively raise money throughout the year to support local causes as well as some further afield. The school’s five main overseas links are in Cambodia, Moldova, Uganda, Nepal and Peru.  

Cambodia

In 2011, we raised enough money to build a school in Jong Village, Ratanakiri, in north east Cambodia. Working in partnership with United World Schools (UWS) - a charity which provides education to some of the most deprived countries in the world - we were only the third school to do so and are now part of a network of almost 100 schools worldwide. We continue to fundraise to ensure Jong School is sustainable, and have raised more than £25,000 so far.  

We run biennial humanitarian service expeditions to the school, which our students prepare for by planning and creating the lessons they will give to the primary-aged children. For our International Baccalaureate (IB) students, the initiative relates extremely well to their curriculum studies. It also provides excellent material for Extended Essays (IB) and Extended Project Qualifications (A Level) with potential subjects being Cambodian history, third-world medicine or international development.  

A number of our students have since returned to Jong and other UWS projects during their gap years, and it can also provide valuable work experience during their time at university. In total, 92 pupils and 12 members of staff have now taught at the school.

The most recent trip took place in July 2017. The group of 20 girls taught for nine days of their three-week trip in addition to learning about the history and culture of the country.

Each year, a school team take part in the Bristol 10k, which is a key part of the ongoing fund-raising for UWS.

Moldova

In true Redmaids’ High School spirit, The Moldova Project was founded in 2008 by two students, while they were still at school.

Led by Emma and Lucy Watson, the charity has gone from strength to strength as it continues to help vulnerable families in Moldova. Situated between Romania and Ukraine, Moldova is officially Europe’s poorest country, with many children living in complete poverty in one of the country's 300 orphanages. 

As a school, we will continue to raise money to support Emma and Lucy’s sterling work but do take a moment to visit the Moldova Project website.

Nepal

Our links began in July 2013, when 36 students visited Nepal. Braving tropical heat and monsoon rain the girls trekked along steep mountain paths with Sherpa guides to emerge at a village school in Uri, perched in the clouds beneath Annapurna.

The community, especially the children, were delighted to see them and everyone pulled together to paint and build a fence around the playground, using materials we had raised money to pay for. We also provided the village with a computer which connects to their one electricity cable.

Unfortunately, due to the earthquakes in Nepal, we had to postpone the expedition planned for 2015, but the fund-raising efforts continued and a trip took place in July 2017. 

A group of Year 12 students will return to Nepal to in July 2018.

Uganda

In July 2012, a group of students travelled to Uganda to see first-hand the work being done by The Bujagali Trust, which creates educational opportunities for young people.

They also travelled to a remote village to see how The Busoga Trust locates water sources, educates local communities about sanitation and builds wells. 

The girls also went to Gulu to visit the two schools we are linked to, before meeting Irene, an A Level student, whose education we support.

As part of the trip, the girls also went on safari to Murchison Falls and were lucky enough to see four of the big five: lion, buffalo, rhino and elephant.  

We plan to run more school trips to Uganda but continue with our fundraising efforts in the meantime. 

Peru 

In 2015 the Junior School established a link with the Chicuchas Wasi School for Girls in Cusco, Peru, based on our strong shared values. This school, in a remote, rural community, promotes gender equality by educating girls to achieve economic independence. It’s a place of academic excellence which also develops self-confidence and positive self-esteem.

Both of our junior schools were established around 30 years ago. We share school aims and ambitions, as well as a very similar uniform!

A quote on their Facebook page says, "I don't want my children to follow in my footsteps. I want them to take the path next to me and go further than I could have ever have dreamt possible." 

Our commitment to this school is fairly recent, but our fund raising initiatives are growing, and will continue.

For more information, you can visit their website.

 

Redmaids' High School
Infant & Junior

juniors@redmaidshigh.co.uk
0117 962 9451

Grange Court Road
Westbury-on-Trym
Bristol BS9 4DP

Redmaids' High School
Senior & Sixth Form

seniors@redmaidshigh.co.uk
0117 962 2641

Westbury Road
Westbury-on-Trym
Bristol BS9 3AW