First Give Philanthropy – Using your time and talent to improve your community

An inspiring final of  the 2017 First Give Philanthropy Project gave Year 8 a chance to use all their talents on behalf of local charities. The Mayor, Councillor Brenda Fraser praised students for their passionate presentations on behalf of local charities.  This wonderful project connects teaches Year 8 students about the social need in our community, connecting them with those people most in need and encouraging them to use their skill to help others.  It also enable young students to develop their key life skills; teamwork, communication, resilience, presentation and creativity.


After researching local social issues, this Year 8 choose to support the following charities; Shooting Stars Chase, For Jimmy, Merton Foodbank, STEM4, Refugee Youth, Spear London and Merton Alzheimer's Society. Representatives of all 7 charities attended the final.


The Judges were James Clark, President of the Hammersmith Rotary, Fiona Razvi, our school governor and Festival Director of the Wimbledon Bookfest, Karen Peck, our School Governor, Madeleine Mamak our Headgirl. and Paige O’Brien a Year 12 prefect who was in the First Give winning team 4 Years ago.


It was an incredibly difficult decision but in the end 8Margaret won the £1,000 grant for refugee charity Young Roots, with 8 Teresa winning £250 for Spear London Homeless charity and 8 Bernadette winning £250 for ForJimmy, Margaret and Barry Mizen's Charity.


“Thank you, but it's me who should be thanking you and your amazing students!  All the groups showed such empathy and compassion as well as wonderful poise and talent.  What a credit to your school. The £1000 will make a huge difference to us and please pass on my thanks to the group who put so much into the whole presentation”

Jo Cobley, Director of Young Roots, Refugee Charity


“All the students were so impressive and their presentations represented  their charities and their school extremely well.  I was surprised by the calibre, confidence and enthusiasm displayed and of course the abundant musical talent.”

Ellie Christianson, Shooting Stars Chase


 “I was overwhelmed at the team representing Spear London, at what they achieved”

Heidi Shrimpton from Spear London a Homeless charity


Jonathan Hett from Merton Foodbank said students’ presentations were “amazingly effective and impressive”, “All of them were quite superb and it was a real privilege to be present and to see the results of all the hard work that the pupils had put in. So, many thanks for the opportunity of being part of the whole event, for the warmth of the welcome from everyone …. All in all a great morning and I think Ursuline should feel very proud of such creative and inspiring girls, who will I am sure contribute a lot in all their future endeavours.


Congratulations to all year 8!



2nd (£250 prize)

'For Jimmy' 

8 Bernadette

Monica Wiszowata

Mathilda Kendall

Charlotte Fabre

Leah Jarrett-Mccrory

Azeezat Osinowo

Grace O'Neil

Katie Mullaney


2nd (£250 prize)

Spear London (Homeless)

8 Teresa

Margaret Aggrey

Portia Kargbo

Katia Moura

Eleanor Wheeler

Georgia Nelson-Roberts

Molly Williams

Louisa Kawmmerer-Faraq

Chelsea Aidoo

Reader TBC


1st (£1000 prize)

Young Roots

8 Margaret

Carmen Sofia Kiviet Fernandez

Isabel Gonzalez-Arganaraz

Gemma Rovetto Ibanez

Annabel Turnball

Erin O’Connell

Megan Vega Pazmino

Sorcha McCabe

Hilary Iyenda