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Annual Fund 2018/19

A message from the Rector, Mr John O'Neill, and Chair of the High School of Glasgow Educational Trust, Mr Angus Ross

Since the inception of the Annual Fund in 2013, members of the High School community have given generously, helping us to raise the tremendous total of £723,227. We are deeply grateful to all who have supported the Annual Fund to date.

As a result of donations to bursaries through the Annual Fund, many children have benefitted from the all-round educational experience of the High School. Additionally, the Annual Fund has helped to facilitate a wide range of projects at both the Junior and Senior Schools. These include the refurbishment of the Lecture Theatre, the Astroturf pitch, the Junior School Assembly Hall, the improvement of Pipe Band equipment, a new organ and minibus and the construction of our highly impressive Health and Wellbeing Centre.

The High School of Glasgow Educational Trust continues to receive generous legacies from those who choose to remember the School in their Will. Supporting the School in this way has a lasting impact on future generations, if you would like more information on legacy giving, please contact the Development Director, Karen McDonald.

We are delighted to report that through the Annual Fund, Legacy giving and other donations to the Educational Trust during Session 2017/18, the amazing sum of £548,201 has been received.

This year the Annual Fund will again focus on bursaries. At the same time, we would like to raise funds to create improved outdoor space at the Junior School as well as acquiring memorial benches to commemorate High School former pupils who died during the Great War and the Second World War.

We hope that through reading this, you appreciate the value of supporting our Annual Fund.

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The Annual Fund was established in 2012 to help fund short term projects within the School which are not possible within the annual expenditure budget, and to ensure our boys and girls have access to the best possible facilities required to enrich their experience whilst at school. Additionally, we seek to increase the funds we have available for bursaries each year to further reinforce the School’s commitment to making a High School education available to able pupils regardless of personal circumstances.

We are extremely grateful to the High School community who have helped us to raise over £500,000 since the launch of the Annual Fund.

Growing the Annual Fund is vitally important, and we encourage each member of the High School community to contribute. Gifts of all sizes are meaningful to the School and our pupils, and this support is key to helping us achieve our goals.

Areas of Focus

We continue to raise funds for bursaries, allowing young people of talent who would not otherwise afford the fees to benefit from a High School education.

Over the coming years, the High School of Glasgow Educational Trust is committed to expanding our bursary provision to allow the School to provide wider access and recruit the most able young people regardless of financial background.

Our short term plan is to continue to raise annual income through the Annual Fund. However, the long term sustainable solution is to build our endowment fund to allow us to be in the best position possible to offer the opportunity of a High School education to many more children.

We believe that the achievements of past bursary recipients illustrates the importance in growing our bursary provision: many have achieved great success in their careers and, by so doing, have benefitted their community.

Bursaries bring opportunities to many children – including this child, back in the day. Delighted to be able now to do my bit and help future children benefit from the same opportunities.

Laura Tough, Class of 1995

At the Junior School, we believe that spending time and learning outdoors is essential for our pupils’ educational experience. We want to maximise the potential of our outdoor spaces, to ensure that we can plan as many outdoor learning and play experiences for our pupils as possible.

The development will focus on space for teaching and learning across a range of curriculum areas as well as adding further to the development of the children’s social skills. In particular, we want to incorporate a Trim Trail into our outdoor facilities as they have proven extremely popular in public spaces. The equipment’s blend of play and physical exercise will allow for the merging of PE curriculum and the development of social skills which we are aiming for in this project.

November 11th 2018 will mark 100 years since the guns fell silent on the Western Front. The cost of the Great War was high; around 900,000 British and Commonwealth citizens lost their lives as a result of the fighting. It is estimated that 2,706 former pupils served in the armed forces between 1914 and 1918 and 1,563 during WWII and our war memorial honours the 486 which our community lost.

A study of the names on the memorial reveals the wars’ impact. 17 of the former pupils lost their lives on July 1st 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. For some families the cost was incredibly high. The Woodside family lost three sons, the Brown family four. Andrew Bonar Law who served in the Government during the Great War and became Prime Minister in 1922, lost two sons. One cannot imagine the impact on those who were left.

The Second World War added to the casualty list. Radio Operator David Alexander Anderson - whose father fell during the Great War - lost his life on Christmas Day 1940 when his ship was sunk by a German warship. Flying Officer Richard Macfarlane lost his life in December 1943 while on a raid over Belgium.

Many others survived the wars and returned home. Some of those that we remember were not pupils but members of staff. Fred Luke worked as a janitor at the High School in the 1930s. In 1914 he won the Victoria Cross while serving in the Royal Field Artillery at Le Cateau.

As an act of remembrance, we plan to install a number of bespoke memorial benches throughout the Senior School campus.

For these are deeds which should not pass away, And names that must not wither

Lord Byron

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