Bursary Ball 2019
Soaring temperatures didn’t stop members of the Manchester High School for Girls community breaking out the black tie on Saturday 29th June for the School’s Bursary Ball at The Principal.
Despite it being the hottest day of the year so far, 200 guests celebrated (in a wonderfully cool ballroom) the progress of the School’s bursary fund and raised £14,000 in the process.
Since the appeal launched in 2010, Manchester High has provided bursary places for 150 bright girls whose families would be unable to afford school fees without financial assistance.
Mrs Hewitt, Head Mistress of MHSG, explained why everyone at the School is so passionate about its bursary fund and the diversity it brings:
“We truly believe our school is at its greatest when we have breadth of talent, character and a healthy social mix. At Manchester High, we know the educational experience of every pupil is enhanced by studying alongside classmates from all backgrounds."
“The ability to offer bursaries lies at the centre of this and I am always heartened by the constant desire of the Manchester High community to honour the intentions of our forward-thinking founders and help us ensure we can enrol girls with true potential, regardless of their financial means.”
The event was hosted by Hits Radio presenter, and Manchester High alumna, Becky Cahill alongside current Sixth Form student, Mia Serracino Inglot. Mia, who led the School’s vocal group in a rousing performance of ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’, as well as a fitting medley about the sun, has accepted a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London next year.
Guests enjoyed a gourmet, three-course meal and danced into the early hours thanks to The Principal's resident DJ.
The evening's auction featured a five-night stay in the luxurious Le Farinet Hotel in Verbier, donated by Manchester High's educational partner, UKFast,
as well as a VIP Manchester City package, a Land Rover experience and a signed photograph of Emmeline Pankhurst. Emmeline, leader of the suffragette movement, famously chose Manchester High for her three pioneering daughters.
Thanks also to all who took an advert in the souvenir programme, donated an auction or raffle prize and of course, those who bid to win them!
All the photographs from the night can
be viewed via our Flickr Gallery.