Highfield and Brookham Ball Raises £42,079 for Charity

Highfield and Brookham Ball Raises £42,079 for Charity
Highfield & Brookham Charity

Highfield and Brookham School recently held a hugely successful summer ball and raised a fantastic £42,079 for Highfield School Centenary Bursaries Fund. 

The evening featured a fabulous dinner in a stunning marquee with balloons and hints of neon thanks to SuperEvent and Powell Allen Designs. From the moment guests arrived, the buzz was huge. The drinks flowed, canapés were abundant and soon the marquee was alive. Speeches from our two Headteachers preceded a lively game of Heads and Tails before dinner was served. There was a very exhilarating live auction, masterminded by Tom Tyrwhitt-Drake, and throughout dinner there was a silent auction that became more and more competitive as bids were placed via iPads on each table - the bidding system, run by Jumblebee and kindly sponsored by Virtus Data Centres (Neil Cresswell) was a huge success. The dancing then kicked off under the brilliant watch of Will Newton (Old Highfieldian) and the party carried on until the small hours. 

A huge thank you to the all of the individuals and companies who donated the 56 fabulous prizes for the live and silent auctions.

The Highfield School Centenary Bursaries Fund is an award scheme offering funded school places for children who are not thriving in their current setting, perhaps as a result of less than optimal family or educational circumstances, but who would draw exceptional benefit from joining the school, and for whom a private education would otherwise be impossible. The scheme aims to make a real difference to a child’s life, not just academically, but also physically, emotionally and socially.

The six current Centenary Bursary Scholars have just finished the 2018/19 academic year. Three have completed Year 6, two have completed Year 5 and one has completed Year 4. Highlights from their end of year reports include:

“Her teachers have praised her effort and her performance in the examination confirms her progress and there is a general feeling that she is starting to blossom academically.”

“She loves life in the Boarding House and taking part in all that goes on with her friends and she has continued to remain a happy, helpful and delightful tutee. She is certainly ready for greater challenges and I am sure she will go on to achieve a great deal as she thrives as a senior pupil.”

“I feel that he has matured greatly, academically and socially, and is in a strong position to take the step up to Year 6. Staff are noticing a greater willingness to express himself in lessons and even his posture betrays a greater self-confidence.”

“She has been an excellent friend this year, showing patience and understanding at all times.”

“It is remarkable to think about all that she has accomplished and the impact she has made in just one year. Academically, she works incredibly hard and is a pupil of great promise.”

“The ease with which she has settled in, has amazed me; she has adapted to our school routine very quickly and has made some great new friends. I have been particularly impressed with how she has taken boarding in her stride, especially at such a young age.”

Most Centenary Bursary Scholars join the school in Year 4 and £42,000 is enough to fully fund two children for the whole of Year 4 at Highfield and Brookham. Highfield School Centenary Bursaries Fund has already made a life changing difference to 12 children and their families.

Phillip Evitt, Headmaster of Highfield School, says 

“Our thanks go to everyone who supported the recent Highfield and Brookham Ball which raised an amazing amount of money for the Highfield School Centenary Bursaries Fund. We are hugely grateful to all those who contributed to the evening, either by donating auction prizes, time or equipment, and of course, the Ball Committee  - these events don’t happen without all your incredible support.”

To find out more about the Highfield School Centenary Bursaries Fund, please visit highfieldschool.org.uk/admissions/centenary-bursaries

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