Dear Parents, carers and students
As you are aware Tavistock College has established a partnership with a high school in Kathmandu, Nepal. We were thrilled to welcome the Principal and Head of English to the College earlier this term and have been shocked and saddened to read of the tragedy unfolding in Nepal, following the devastating earthquake this weekend. We are pleased to tell you that the colleagues we met are safe and that Mrs Marcer (formerly Mrs Mitchell), the former head of Lamerton primary school, who is volunteering in the country at the moment, is also safe. They are, however, all coping with extreme difficulty and shock.
Many students met our Nepalese colleagues and we have a Nepal Club which meets fortnightly to plan further important interaction. We therefore feel it important to not only reassure our students about the safety of the individuals they met, but come together to support the country in some way. On Friday May 1st we will hold a mufti day in College and also a cake sale. If a student wishes to participate we are asking for a voluntary contribution of £1.00 to wear mufti. Any donations of cakes can be left in any of the HOY offices on Thursday or Friday morning. Any parent who wishes to donate should send their donation into College with their child and it will be collected on Friday morning. As Shelter Box is a local charity – with whom we have strong links and who are already in Kathmandu providing shelter, warmth and water – all money collected will be given to Shelter Box for Nepal.
We will have a shelter box tent displayed in the refectory so students can see the contents of a Shelter Box and know exactly where their donations are going. We will display the stove, blankets, water purifier and all the contents which, along with a tent, provide the means for a family to survive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.
James O Connell
Head of Sixth form and Assistant Principal