Having been founded through philanthropy in 1901, it is heartening to know that the spirit of giving is very much in evidence at QM today.
The Annual Fund 2018 exceeded its fundraising target of £35,000 through the generous support of the QM Family, and thanks to this generosity, the girls are now benefiting physically, mentally and emotionally. QMFIT, the activity trail, launched at the start of the Autumn Term; radio microphones have been purchased and will encourage girls to grow in confidence onstage; and, with work soon to start on the creation of the Quiet Garden which will be open for Speech Day, the girls, and indeed the whole QM Family, will have a new and special haven within our beautiful grounds. Alongside this, donations to the Bursary Fund have enabled the School to change the lives of many girls who have benefited from a QM education.
We launch this year’s Fund keen to further enhance the girls’ life and experiences at QM. Three very different and exciting projects have been identified from a long list of suggestions resulting from consultation with both girls and staff. Your daughters are always full of the most amazing ideas but we have, with difficulty, whittled it down to three projects. I am sure that these projects will benefit the whole School, providing both intellectual stimulation and inspiration whilst also enriching the very important time spent outside of the classroom.
Thank you for taking the time to read about this year’s Fund and to consider contributing and playing a part in enhancing time spent at QM.
CELLARS SIXTH FORM SOCIAL HUB – ENCOURAGING FRIENDSHIP
We will be developing Cellars into a buzzing social hub, where the Sixth Form can take time out from their studies and relax, catch up with friends, listen to music or grab a drink. This redevelopment will include a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, a ‘chill zone’ with comfortable sofas and an opportunity for some friendly competition with the introduction of a karaoke system and interactive games, which can also be used for House competitions across the School.
OUTDOOR POP-UP CINEMA – CELEBRATING COMMUNITY
We strive to give QM girls all they need to achieve their full potential and, importantly, to have great fun whilst doing so. An Outdoor Pop-Up Cinema provides the perfect opportunity to enrich our already award-winning Community Weekends and bring the whole QM Family together, making use of the wonderful grounds that we are fortunate to have in a totally new and exciting fashion.
QM LECTURE SERIES – INSPIRING KNOWLEDGE
All girls will have access to a series of inspiring termly lectures from eminent guests on a wide range of topics, with the purpose of inspiring, challenging and enthusing students.
QM’s Bursary Fund helps girls who would benefit from a QM education, but whose families may not be able to afford the full fees. The Fund also helps girls whose family circumstances may change whilst they are at QM. This Fund aims to allow girls to complete their education, where possible, with minimum disruption.
YOUR VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION
If you would like to support the Head’s Annual Fund Appeal 2018 please download the form (link below), choose one of the methods of payment and return to:
Jonathan Hewat, Director of External Relations, Queen Margaret’s, Escrick Park, York YO19 6EU