Tavistock College and our wider community pulled together to help our friends in Nepal last Friday. Many thanks to everyone involved!

Last Friday, £2082.00 was raised in Tavistock College for Shelter Box and the Nepal tragedy. Students, staff, parents and local churches came together to raise funds and show their concern for all the people of Nepal. We are reassured that the Nepalese teachers who visited us in March are safe at the moment, but many children in our partner school are homeless and living near the school on an area of waste land, in make shift housing.

Students came to the College in mufti and parents kindly made donations. We hardly had enough tables to use to show all the beautiful cakes, cup cakes and cookies so kindly donated by College families. There was a cake sale all day around the school, supported by the local churches who raised money and kept the 6th form supplied with tea and cakes between lessons. At lunch time, a staff versus student rounders match ended up with a win to the students; the staff forfeit being shouldered by Mr Forster, the Head of PE, who will be in the stocks next week!

Jazz Rice, Sixth Form student, has painted a beautiful picture of a peacock, a symbol of Nepal, and the Art Department has made the image into cards which can be bought from the College Reception. They will be on sale at Parents’ evenings and Awards’ evenings this term.

We have managed to buy 3 shelter boxes in one day, which is a wonderful achievement. We need £232 to buy a fourth. We are in contact with Shelter Box and we know that they have been in Nepal since the day after the earthquake struck, and that their plans are being implemented to ensure the boxes and tents reach those in need. The tents are desperately needed and the charity will ensure they reach our friends in Nepal.

Many thanks to everyone in our community. Last Friday was an inspiring and humbling day. Further plans are afoot. The height of Everest is 8848 metres. Each tutor group is planning to raise at least £88.48 and our whole College target is £8848.