15th March 2018 YPI Success...
Thursday 15th March saw an emotional Youth and Philanthropy Initiative final with the group supporting MYPAS the eventual winners.
The evening was ably hosted by our previous winners: Sinead, Kate, Mairi, and Rachel, who represented Hopscotch, and S6 Charities Committee members Lochie and Eilidh.
We were inspired by personal and heartfelt presentations for St Columba's Hospice, FACE, Penicuik First Responders, Social Bite and the Lothians Veterans Centre. Finally the group supporting MYPAS gave a poignant presentation complete with music composed by one of the group members.
As the judges retired to deliberate we were able to support the Malawi 2018 group by buying drinks and some tantalising cakes. There was time to peruse the informative display about YPI and charity events at Beeslack. The display included pupils’ perceptions of the skills developed during the YPI project and advice from this year’s S3 pupils ready for the current S2 who began their YPI journey by watching the dress rehearsal earlier in the week. Advice cards included: 'make good use of your time', 'be creative' and 'practise'. This is good advice for any project!
Once refreshed we were treated to a dance display in a variety of styles by S2 and S4 dancers which was choreographed by Erin, Ruby and Julie McInally from Dance Point Academy. The girls gave an uplifting performance and were a fantastic advert for the Dance Show in April.
Nerves were still evident as the judges returned and made their way to the stage. Mrs Gillian Gess spoke on behalf of the panel and explained just how difficult the decision was. All finalists were winners and all performed very well. MYPAS were announced as the winning group and there were big and proud, yet humble, smiles from Becky, Megan, Chloe and Martha as they presented the cheque for £3000 to Paul Hunter from MYPAS. On receiving the cheque Paul gave heartfelt thanks and promised to invite the group to discuss how they feel the grant should be spent.
With the grant from The Wood Foundation allocated it was time for all groups and representatives from their chosen charities to receive £50 donations raised from non-uniform days.
It was an emotional night with a fabulous display from many talented and caring pupils that will have a real life impact on our school community and beyond.