Following on from October’s mammoth fundraising day at Saint Gregory’s, Bath, the coins (and notes) have been counted and students and staff are celebrating an unprecedented fundraising achievement for the second phase of The New Sixth, its shared sixth form facility, raising £16,000 towards the cost of development.

The current building is just half of its intended size with secured planning permission for additional facilities that will add a 250-seat auditorium and performing arts teaching space, more classrooms and The Well, a unique social and spiritual centre for the students.

On Friday 24 October, a whole-school fundraising walk was organised as part of the school’s efforts to raise a significant sum towards the cost of Phase 2.

Headteacher at Saint Gregory’s, Raymond Friel, commented, “I’m pleased to report that the sponsored walk was a great success and thanks to the efforts of everyone in the school, we are £16,000 closer to achieving our ambitions.”

“The fundraising total for the project is £1.5m and we have now raised more than 10% of the total ourselves.”

To add to the spirit of the day, there was an added incentive for those students who
raised the most money.

Co-ordinator of the event, Andrew Jackson, added, “Our congratulations go to the top fundraisers on our sponsored walk.”

“The top three tutor groups, 7A, 7C, and 7JP, joined 20 students who each individually raised over £100 for a special cinema screening on Monday 15 December as a reward for their efforts. Well done and thank you to all who helped us to raise almost £16,000 on the walk.”

There is also a school Just Giving page where supporters can donate towards the children’s fundraising efforts www.justgiving.com/stgregorysschool.