Fundraising is an important pare of life in Sligo grammar School. All year groups are actively involved in raising funds for a wide variety of charities, many of them local. During Transition Year students put a lot of effort into fundraising. Whole -school activities are organised each year to raise funds for charities.
In 2018/2019 many fund-raising projects were taken on.
In September the word came through that Sligo Grammar School is now, officially, a World Record holder!
On Friday 4th May the whole population of Sligo Grammar School got together to attempt create the largest image of a human house. As well as being a record attempt, this was fundraiser in aid of Focus Ireland. 402 students and staff, wearing red, blue or yellow ponchos and hair nets gathered on the hockey pitch and formed the image of a red, yellow and blue house. They had to maintain their position for 5 minutes and, counted down by Mr Cradock, everyone managed to do just that. Over €2,000 donated to Focus Ireland, and for the staff and students it was a fun project that created a great sense of community within the school. Now we are delighted to see that we are featured on the Guinness World record site with a new World Record ! Visit the Guinness World Record site and see Sligo Grammar School’s achievement!
In November Sligo Grammar School’s Senior Cup Rugby Team did “Movember”. After the month the team had raised a fantastic €1, 110.
Lush beards and moustaches were attempted. Some, of course, were more successful than others! Best beard award had to go to Brian West, Captain of the team with Matthew Early a close second! On the moustache front, the prize had to go to Lucas Codyre and kudos to Taylor Anderson for his ‘tache!
As to the rest of the squad…full marks for effort, and there’s always next year!
Thanks to all the people who donated to the cause and supported the team’s project.
A fantastic response to our Christmas Food Appeal in aid of Sligo Social Services. Funds for Sligo Social Services were also raised at the annual Carol Service.
As part of Wellbeing Week Sligo Grammar School held a whole-school coffee afternoon in aid of North West Hospice. The event was in memory of our dear colleague and friend Patricia Bourke, who passed away earlier in the school year. The catering staff, teaching staff and students came together to make the afternoon a success. Friends of Sligo Grammar School also dropped in during the afternoon and Patricia’s family also came along to the event. The school raised over €1,160 for the North West Hospice, and the cheque was presented at Assembly . Thanks to all the people who supported this wonderful cause.
Earlier in the term the Leaving Cert LCVP class organised a Valentine’s Day Disco for the first and second year students. It was held in the afternoon and run and supervised by the senior students with help from their teachers. The event was a great success and the junior students had a ball! It was also nice for them to chat with and get to know the Leaving Cert students. A small entrance fee was charged and the money was to go to the North West Hospice. Just before Easter, one of the Leaving Cert students, Scarlett Moore, presented the cheque on behalf of her class. The donation was in memory of Scarlett’s late beloved mother, Jo, who was very well cared for at the Hospice.
On Friday 23rd May the TYs of 2018/19 came together with friends and family to celebrate the achievements of the year. Fundraising was a big part of the year and cheques were presented to a variety of local charities. The TY students of the year were announced, Emma Gallagher and Mark Mulhern. Well done to all TY students and enjoy the summer. The hard work starts in September!
On 23rd March, Sligo Grammar School hosted a Gala Concert in the Knocknarea Arena, Sligo IT. The concert was in aid of two charities, SHOUT and the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dun Laoghaire. The Gala Concert was a great success, showcasing the talent in SGS. The choirs, present and past – with some teachers thrown in for good measure, were joined by friends and guests to provide an evening of entertainment. In all over €6,500 was raised for the charities. This week the charities were presented with their cheques. Daphne Higgins received the cheque on behalf of her son, Jonathan, past pupil and it will go to the National Rehabilitation Centre in recognition of the care Jonathan received after a serious accident. The second cheque was accepted by Marie Casey on behalf of SHOUT, the Sligo Hospital Oncology Unit Trust. A special thanks to the organisers, Jonathan Carter, Alison Irwin, Lloyd Sweetnam and the SGS Alumni.