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01/25

Whole School Charity Walk

The whole school community, even some of the littlest legs in Reception, embarked on an epic walk along the River Thames today, raising money for Care International.

On the very last day of term, and National Walking Day, the whole school came together to raise money for charity with a sponsored walk along the Thames. The girls made a tremendous effort to raise well over £12,000 for Care International, who fight poverty and injustice in the world’s most vulnerable places; the charity focuses particularly on supporting women and girls to overcome inequality and fulfil their potential.

Girls made their way to Canary Wharf before snaking along the river, taking in some of London’s most spectacular sights (and a bit of hail) along the way.  Junior School pupils tackled their 3km and 5km with great gusto and some singing, while some Year 7 walkers enthusiastically high-fived each and every staff marshal as they collected their stamps along the route. All the Senior School girls managed their 10km in excellent time and displayed a wonderful sense of camaraderie and good humour throughout. Even those with early misgivings looked triumphant as they crossed the final bridge and headed towards Victoria Tower Gardens.

With the walk ending near the Houses of Parliament, the Head Girl Team galvanised girls from across the school to write to their local MPs highlighting issues they are concerned about. Sascha and Rosie collected hundreds of letters from girls, written on scraps of recycled paper, with many urging them to take action with regard to climate change and other pressing issues – a physically and politically active end to the term. Well done to everyone involved for making it such a success.

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