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The City Circle is an open circle for open minds

On Friday 7th June City Circle Saturday School (CCSS) organised a fundraising dinner for The Citizens’ Foundation. Thank you to everyone who attended and we hope you enjoyed the evening. With your generous donations, pledges and ticket sales we have managed to raise just over £5,000 for the Riyadh Group Campus school near Lahore, Pakistan. CCSS has been fundraising for the Riyadh Group Campus since 2011 and hope to continue supporting the school.

 

The purpose of this project is not just to support a fantastic charity providing education to underprivileged children in Pakistan but also to encourage the young students at CCSS to take part in efforts to help those less fortunate than themselves. The evening was hosted by CCSS students from last year who are now all teaching at the school. There was also an opportunity for the younger students to participate and students from year 5 and year 6 read out poems they had written themselves. This was followed by an entertaining auction hosted by two of the teachers. It was heart warming not just to see everyone at City Circle Saturday School come together for this project but also the generous support of everyone who attended the dinner and others who remain committed to this project.

 

We still have some way to go to reach our target and if you were unable to attend the event but would still like to make a donation, please go to our fundraising page http://www.justgiving.com/CCSaturdaySchool-TCF.

The 2011/12 academic year produced another set of outstanding GCSE results for the City Circle Saturday School (CCSS) students. In total 13 students took their Maths exams and  11 students took their English exam. The table below shows a comparison of the CCSS results to the UK national average. The objective of the school is not only to help struggling students but to enable each student to fulfil their potential and reach the highest standards by presenting them with positive role models and encouraging them to give back to their communities. This is highlighted by the willingness of our students to actively get involved in volunteering and wider community initiatives.

Four of our students who have studied at CCSS for many years and have gone on to university are now part of our family of volunteer teachers. A current A-level student who aspires to be a primary school teacher is building experience at CCSS as a teaching assistant. Exemplifying the spirit of community, last year’s A-level students organised a fundraising dinner and raised almost £10,000 for the education charity, The Citizens’ Foundation - we hope to continue with this initiative in 2013.