We are delighted to announce the new Newcastle High School for Girls Scholars’ Fund.

NHSG and the GDST have a strong history of philanthropy and have offered financial assistance to girls for over 140 years. We believe we are educating tomorrow’s leaders and it is our responsibility to make an NHSG education available to the brightest, most talented and dedicated girls regardless of their financial circumstances.

Bursaries are an investment in the life of a child and we aim to focus our support on girls for whom the chance of an NHSG education would be a transformative prospect. The Scholars’ Fund, established with a very generous donation from the Lithgow family, and the support of last year’s Year 13, will guarantee a bursary for bright, dedicated girls who come into contact with us through the SHINE programme.

The SHINE programme is a partnership with three local, maintained primary schools in areas of Newcastle and North Tyneside, which rank highly in indices relating to areas of social deprivation. The programme sees us welcoming Year 5 pupils from our partner maintained primary schools to ‘Serious fun on Saturdays’; the pupils spend time with our amazing Sixth Form mentors and are taught inspirational master-classes by our own NHSG staff which are designed to help them broaden their horizons and lift their aspirations.

The SHINE project is close to our Sixth Formers’ hearts and the Scholars’ Fund is open to all our Year 13 Leavers to contribute towards at the end of their time at NHSG by donating their school deposits. Many of our Sixth Form will have been directly involved with the children from the SHINE project and have a good understanding of the transformative value of a bursary for these children and we have been delighted with the positive response from our Year 13.

Our Art teacher and resident artist, Zoe Robinson, who created the iconic Senior School seahorse sculpture, has designed an installation which will allow all members of Year 13 who choose to contribute to the Scholars’ Fund, to leave a lasting memorial here at School.

We have now installed the first 2018 Leavers’ Tier (pictured) in our Reception area and we hope it will grow in size year by year. Once our chandelier is large enough, we will move it to the Senior School Dining Room atrium. The chandelier’s droplets are transparent perspex seahorse pendants which pupils in Year 13 can choose to purchase by donating their deposit or part thereof. The pendants will then be engraved with the girl’s name and year of leaving. The colour of the pendants will be chosen each year by girls in Year 13. Future cohorts will also be able to choose their own colours and, in time, will give the effect of a multi-coloured chandelier.

If you would like more information about our Bursary Awards programme or to talk about how you can help please contact our Development Manager:  p.degiorgi@ncl.gdst.net.

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