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There was more holiday cheer to be spread at Trafalgar Castle this week as the Parents’ Guild presented a cheque for $7,750 to the World of Difference initiative. Representatives from the Parents’ Guild, Susie Healy (President) and Leah White (Treasurer), delivered the cheque at both the Middle School and Senior School Christmas Dinners last week.
The money was raised at the Castle’s Holiday Bazaar in November through the Parents’ Guild auction table. We want to thank the Parents’ Guild for their contributions to the auction as well as the organization and hard work demonstrated to gather items and put it all together.
The World of Difference initiative aligns with the School’s continued efforts toward active citizenship and engagement on a global school. The initiative commits to the sponsorship of one girl from a developing country for her Grade 11 and 12 years. This young woman will be identified as a future female leader who has a passion for making a difference; demonstrates academic promise; and is faced with educational prospects threatened by political and social turmoil and/or systemic prejudice.
Trafalgar is excited to welcome its first World of Difference student this September thanks, in part, to the generosity of the Parents’ Guild and other donors throughout the community.
Though it was a cold December day, Trafalgar Prefects warmed the hearts of many as they presented a $2,300 cheque to Grandview Children’s Centre today. The Grade 12 Class donated the proceeds raised at the School’s Haunted Castle organized earlier this fall.
Brigitte Tschinkel, Executive Director of Development, Grandview Children’s Foundation spoke passionately about the work they do, “Grandview Children’s Centre is the only children’s outpatient pediatric rehabilitation treatment and specialized programs for children and youth with special needs, and their families in the Durham Region.” Trafalgar girls listened intently as Ms. Tschinkel shared the startling numbers for need in the community. “We served 5,600 kids and families last year alone, and we have an additional 2,600 kids on our waitlist,” added Tschinkel.
The $2,300 donation from Trafalgar Castle School will benefit Grandview Children’s Centre’s Holiday Campaign. This year an anonymous donor will match every dollar donated to Grandview, up to $25,000, doubling the impact of the Grade 12 class’ generous gift.
Congratulations to all of the Trafalgar girls who worked diligently to run a successful Haunted Castle! Their contribution will provide holiday hope to many children and families in need in our community.
The halls have been buzzing with excitement ever since the girls returned from mid-term break to find the Castle beautifully adorned for the holiday season. Since then, we’ve enjoyed the Castle Bazaar, House Plays, Breakfast with Santa, the Boarder Christmas dinner and talent night, and two beautiful carol services followed by dinners with our families. I can think of no better way to approach the Christmas Break than with so many moments of shared celebration.
The merriment of Castle life sits in stark contrast to places in the world around us. The political uncertainty south of our border, the tragedy taking place in Syria, and the anger-filled nationalism rearing its head in too many countries come to mind. We don’t talk openly about things too upsetting or difficult for our younger students to comprehend, but we do talk about the blessings we share, and the importance of compassion, philanthropy, and helping others. Seeing the earnestness of the good work our girls have undertaken this holiday season in support of local groups and community organizations, I have great faith in the future of our school and our country. With Trafalgar girls leading the way, we will be in good hands.
As we say farewell until the New Year, my family and I wish each and every one of you much joy, continued blessings, and many moments of peaceful reflection this holiday season.
Parents' Guild Coffee House
Parents & Guardians please join us for a coffee in the Common Room.
7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Hope to see you there!
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