Students at Holy Cross are flushed with success after raising £1,500 for Toilet Twinning. They have twinned 25 of their loos with latrines overseas, in countries such as Afghanistan, South Sudan and Guatemala.
Their enthusiastic fundraising started at the start of the academic year and included cake sales, raffles, toilet themed quizzes and a ‘spend a penny’ wall of pennies. It will enable Toilet Twinning, a partnership between development agencies Cord and Tearfund, to help some of the 2.5 billion people worldwide who lack decent sanitation.
Head of RE Rebecca Hyndman said she was full of admiration for the students’ maturity in understanding the challenges faced by children overseas, living without access to a toilet. ‘Students had RE lessons which raised awareness of the impact that poor toilet provision can have on people such as the fact that girls approaching puberty will often stop going to school if there is no privacy in the toilets,’ she said.
Toilet Twinning CEO Lorraine Kingsley recognises the appeal of the charity to schools: ‘Even quite young children understand toilets, and educational links can be made to health, water supply, poverty and development. We’ve got some great resources to help schools fundraise, including an assembly plan, and the school gets a framed certificate and photograph of each twinned latrine to remind them of all their hard work.’
To find out more about Toilet Twinning or to twin your own loo, visit www.toilettwinning.org
Peter Whithey wishes to thank all Holy Cross staff and students in helping raise over £500 for St Mary’s RC Primary in Buwenda Uganda. Kagagha Mukose Moses Head teacher of St Mary’s sent her own message ‘We thank you for the care and all efforts towards making st Mary's primary school a better learning place, funds will go towards supporting our poorer children to keep attending our school and to buy some textbooks and to paint the old classrooms. Thank you for being our great friend. Send our great appreciation to the entire Holy Cross family. We wish you a successful examination season.’
Swimming competitively since the age of 9. Matthew now swims for The City of Salford Swimming club, competing at county, regional, national and international level. This season Matthew has competed for the Commonwealth Games Trials, where he reached 3 senior finals, British Swimming Championships where he reached 2 finals and the English Schools Swimming championships where he won a gold medal in the 200m butterfly.
On the strength of his performance, Matthew was selected to represent the UK in the World School Games held in Morocco this May. He has also just completed the 2-year AASE programme and due to his sporting success as well as his academic ability has been granted a scholarship at the University of Carson Newman in the U.S.
So training for 20 hours a week in a vigorous programme of swimming and gym work, which includes early starts (4am) before college……..has paid off.
Was 10 when she went to watch Chris Hoy at the track World Cup. ‘’I found watching him very exciting and after joining a cycling club I was hooked, by the time I was 12, I had already come 2nd in the youth National Circuit Championships.’’
Corinne on the 15th April raced in the Witham Hall Junior National Series, which was the first ever of its kind. Even though, Corinne found herself in a bad position, towards the back, she managed to move up just in time for the sprint and took third place overall, making it her best results yet.
In addition to this, Corinne also competed at the Essex Giro National Series on the 21st and 22nd of April. The first stage of this left Corinne in a solo 13 Kilometre run for the finish. Unfortunately, in the final road race, a punctured meant she had to pull out. Even though disappointed with how her final stage Corinne was very happy with her overall performance.
Holy Cross student Mark Kori is creating his own success and ensuring a brighter future for himself. By working with Social Mobility Partnership, SMBP is a volunteer led charity, which brings together over 80 professional services firms, commercial organisations and professional sports teams committed to supporting students in their pursuit of a career, in particular, as a legal or finance professional. Mark has already made an impact by appearing on IV News in promoting the charity and the schemes they provide.