Welcome to the latest edition of The Bright World Hub, where we look back at the month of November and tell you all about recent activities from the Bright World team.
With end of term travel arrangements coming together nicely, our Guardianship Team has managed to get out and about to meet and visit our partner Boarding Schools. Their all important close relations with school houseparents and boarding staff are crucial and allow us to work together effectively in unexpected situations. We are also thrilled to have been part of The Children in Need fundraising effort and in this edition of The Bright World Hub, we announce the full amount raised. There is also time to hear the latest updates from Managing Director, Lana Foster’s HedgeBlog.
Out and about
With the final break in the Autumn term and the last in the year overall behind them, our Guardianship Care Managers (GCMs) are busy planning our Christmas departures and making sure that everything is ready for their students’ return in the new year. However, despite the buzz in the office, our GCM’s have also had a change of scenery this month, as they have been out and about visiting our partner schools.
On Thursday 12th, Lana, Kate – our Travel and Accommodation Manager and GCM Jenny visited Cambridge where they met with CATS Cambridge and St Marys, Cambridge to discuss recent news from our Boarding School Placement Department and our guardianship programme. St Mary's Cambridge is an all-girls' school in the centre of the historic university city of Cambridge and home to several Bright World Guardianship Students.
After their meetings, it seems that they had a brief encounter with Children in Need mascot, Pudsey Bear who was also paying a visit to spread awareness for Children in Need. Jenny and Lana also met with The Royal Hospital School in Suffolk and Woodbridge School, whilst yesterday and today, Senior GCM Cory and Leanne, Travel and Accommodation Manager, have been visiting some of our partner schools in Scotland to meet with students who are enrolled on our guardianship programme. During their trip, Leanne and Cory are stopping over at Glenalmond College, Strathallan School, Loretto School, Merchiston Castle School, St Leonards School, Fife, Kilgraston and Dollar Academy. Scotland has been a relatively recent addition to our placement and Guardianship portfolio. The schools in Scotland are extremely beautiful and of a very high standard so we are pleased to have direct agreements to place students there. We now have two Local Coordinators who look after our guardianship students locally.
On the 17th November, Lana and GCM Su visited the salubrious central London area of Kensington to meet Spencer Coles, Commercial Director of Mander Portman Woodward and Justin Edwards from their Marketing and Admissions Department. MPW (Mander Portman Woodward) College is a traditional British Tutorial College in a very up-market location in London. Although 70% of its students are from the UK there is a strong contingent of international students who enjoy the modern facilities in a traditional setting. All students at MPW need a guardian if their parents do not live in the UK so we work closely with them to satisfy this requirement for a number of young international students there.
Bright World offers guardianship at MPW, as well as working closely with them on placing students into their A-level programmes for progression onto top UK universities.
Children in Need
Pictured above are the Bright World Head Office Team, who spent two days doused in a sea of bright yellow for Children in Need. To mark this year’s effort, we hosted a string of activities to raise money for a cause very close to our hearts. From Simon King, our Senior Guardianship Care Manager having his hair shaved off, to Lana Foster - our Managing Director and Claire Taylor – our Director of Safeguarding and Operations, bouncing through Hurstpierpoint on space hoppers in their onesies. Watching the events unfold on the 12th and 13th were the remaining Bright World staff, who after making a donation of their own, came dressed in onesies, pyjamas, flower crowns, Pudsey ears and anything else that took their fancy. Even Apple and Onion were in the charitable spirit as they donned their own special pair of Pudsey ears! With everyone’s incredible support, and The Directors initial pledge of £100, Bright World has raised a grand total of £468.27. A huge thank you to all who donated and well done to everyone who participated. Click here to view our Just Giving page and if the sentiment strikes you then we would be thankful for your donation.
it’s time for another instalment of the Hedgeblog, which follows the hedgehogs who have set up home in Lana and James’s garden. Let’s see what’s been happening to Hedgy and Hedgina in Prickly Manor this month…
Hedge Blog entry #1: For some time, we have wondered why some days Hedgy looks smaller than others. Maybe there is a third prickly diner...?
Hedge Blog entry #2: True love
Hedge Blog entry #3: Still no sign of Hedgy after his argument with Apple. Here is the hedgehog scarer. Does she look guilty?
We’ll have more on Hedgy and Hedgina in our next edition of the Bright World Hub, plus all the latest news from The Bright World team.
Until next time,
The Bright World Team
Posted on November 27th, 2015 @ 12:32 AM