Derby Grammar School’s final whole-school assembly before the GCSE and A-Level examinations begin focused on celebration this morning.

We were delighted to be joined by Gil Bowles and Sarah Crane from YMCA Derbyshire who presented us a huge cheque for the Tanzania Project.

The relationship between the YMCA and the school has developed over the years and this year, as well as their annual cake sale to raise funds for the Tanzania Project, the organisation wanted to donate back to us part of the funds raised by the DGS staff team who took part in the SleepEasy event in March.

A team of five staff braved the wind and rain to sleep out for the evening, raising over £2000 and contributing to the fantastic £55,320 raised by the SleepEasy event. This morning a cheque for £1066 was presented to the Tanzania project leads Mrs. Sly and Mrs. Charnock.

On receiving the cheque Mrs. Sly said: “We are truly humbled that the YMCA as a charitable organisation itself, and for whom fundraising is so vital, can make this gift to our Tanzania Project charity. Thank you, this will make a huge difference to the children at Gedeli B school.”

The focus then changed to the inauguration of our Year 13 students, who are shortly to begin their A Level examinations, into the Old Derbeian Society (ODS).

Ralph Holden, President of the ODS, addressed the school saying how honoured he was to present each one of them with a gift which symbolises them leaving school and joining the society.

The ODS exists to ensure Derby Grammar School ex-pupils can retain and rekindle friendships, and it keeps the link with the school in perpetuity. All ODS members are life members.

Miss Stebbings, Head of Sixth Form, finished the assembly by wishing Year 13 well in the coming months and in their careers. She said: “I wish you success, that you strive for the things that you want and, most of all, that you are happy.”

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