Changemakers, a new summer holiday programme for urban children will offer a fun summer experience in an exciting weeklong programme of outdoor activities in the Peak District, where they will stay at the Outward Bound Trust Ullswater Centre.
Twelve Oundle School pupils and four teachers from Oundle and Peterborough School will take twenty-four children to the Lake District this summer. The children will do activities such as caving, water sports, expeditions, climbing, sailing and hill walking at Ullswater.
Everyone involved is committed to raising £300 to £400 each to help fund the project. Students at
Oundle School did a sponsored walk at Grafham Water to raise £3000 for the programme. Other events included a charity football tournament, a film night at the Stahl Theatre and a club night.
The biggest initiative was a fashion show in March. Pupils modelled clothes from a variety of brands, from La Lhama to Brora, and were accompanied by musical acts. It was a huge success, and raised £7500.
The children who have been invited to attend the holiday are from diverse backgrounds, with many from families who come from countries where English is not their first language. Some have special educational needs, and they are all eligible for free school meals. The Head of Year 5 at Gladstone Primary School, a former Oundle School pupil, has chosen a group of children for the holiday who would otherwise not have such an opportunity.
Oundle School was chosen by the Outward Bound Trust for this project to initiate a partnership model between a public school and a local primary school. The model will be replicated by other independent schools to offer a range of opportunities for young, under-privileged children.