The girls of EGHS returned to school yesterday and started lessons this morning (16/09). We hope they all had a good holiday and are keen to get down to some serious studying this session.
Ground staff have been working hard to prepare the school campus for the start of the new session. The campus is looking great, as you can see from the pictures below, including the completed school hall with its proud motto.
Work on one of the boarding hostels, to make some repairs and improvements, has been completed during the summer and was funded by Chesney Trust, Scotland. This hostel accommodates around 80 of the 160 girls at the school and, as you can see, is ‘in the pink’!
The Edinburgh Girls' High School in Malawi was pleased to purchase a mini bus for the school. The minibus is invaluable for the functioning of the school and we’d like to thank all fundraisers who helped with this, especially the pupils at the Erskine Stewart's Melville Schools, who took part in last year's West Highland Way Challenge Walk.
Twenty pupils from the Edinburgh Girl’s High School, Engcongolweni, Malawi took part in the Edinburgh Tattoo by invitation, singing, dancing and taking part in an item on children’s games. They formed a guard of honour with pupils from the Mary Erskine School, Edinburgh for visiting dignitaries each evening.
Close friendships were formed with girls from the Mary Erskine School through home stays and many outings organised by the school.
Twenty P7 pupils, plus staff, from the Erskine Stewart’s Melville Junior School, Edinburgh walked fifty miles along the West Highland Way in the summer, raising over £9,000 towards the purchase of a vehicle for our school in Malawi.
Selina McCole took on the challenge of the ‘City to Summit’ (Edinburgh to the top of Ben Nevis) duathlon in July, adding £2,660 to our funds.
Just over £7,000 was raised from the Mary Erskine’s Kaleidoscope Dance Show in March.
Non-uniform days at the Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools raised £2,160.
We received a donation of £1,000 from a charity concert held in March by the Rotary Club of Leith.
As always we are extremely grateful to our partners and contributors who work so hard to raise money for our work.
FORTHCOMING FUNDRAISING EVENTS
Erskine Stewart's Melville Junior School P7 West Highland walk in the summer.
RECENT FUNDRAISING EVENTS
A Concert was organised by Leith Rotary Club at Inverleith St Serf's Church, 250 Ferry Road, Edinburgh on 24 March.
Senior Kaleidoscope Dance Show at the Mary Erskine school in March.
As always we are extremely thankful to our partners and contributors who work so hard to raise money for our work.
We are happy to announce that the Beit Trust approved a grant of £16,500 to complete the kitchen/dining hall.
Three houses, for the head teacher and two other teachers, have recently been completed and are occupied. Nine teachers are now accommodated on the school site.
In the Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examination in the summer of 2017, 35 girls passed (out of 40) – a pass rate of 88%. The national average pass rate for girls was 56%.
Of those who sat the MSCE in 2016, 11 have taken up university places.