In the first week in October, 2018 we had the immense privilege of hosting a party of fifteen Indian girls who were on a two-week football tour of the UK. The girls were accommodated in our girls’ Houses where so many of our pupils were able got to interact with them to find out what their lives were like, living as they do in some of the poorest communities in India.
The tour was organised by the OSCAR Foundation, a charity that provides education for children living in shanty towns in Mumbai and in villages in India and works to promote female empowerment and gender equality. It was the girls’ first trip outside of India and it was very moving to see their delight at their first experience of the activities we could offer them - rock-climbing, hip-hop dancing, water polo and art and design. The OSCAR girls made a great impression on the school community when they gave a presentation in Chapel, performing traditional dances resplendent in their saris, and talking about the challenges they faced in India, including the threat of being sold as child-brides.
On the football field, our girls had a terrific match against the Indian girls where the game was supported by a large crowd. The College side represented us well but the highly skilled OSCAR side roared away to a 5:1 victory. Many of our staff and pupils contributed to making the OSCAR girls welcome and joining them in their activity programme; in particular, our co-ordinating committee of Beatriz Cunningham, Ariana Davison, Millie Cox, Jasmine Jain, Amber Anderson and Kiki Asein played a key role in helping make the girls’ visit such a success and in encouraging fund-raising for the charity. Through a variety of fund-raising activities, and, through the generosity of the Sixth Form Council, the money we raised as a school, including the added value of a donation-match scheme, totaled a magnificent £10,647. Further testament to the impact that the OSCAR girls had on the College community is that three of our current pupils, Hattie Sibthorpe, Lottie Bullie and Beatriz Cunningham, in addition to one OM, Kitty Wright, have volunteered to act as OSCAR ambassadors. As part of their work for the OSCAR Foundation, this term Lottie and Hattie have been collecting football boots, shin-pads, trainers, footballs and second-hand phones and laptops. So, Malvern College looks forward to developing a long-term relationship with the OSCAR Foundation.
Joe Gauci, Deputy Head: Academic