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We are delighted to be part of a worldwide network of Ursuline schools and work with our students to deepen our links with other Ursuline students, both here in the UK, and across the world. Every year we take a trip to Ursuline Dallas where our students stay with host families and learn more about life in the US which they love! We collaborate with the Ursulines in the US on other projects- in particular projects rewarding and celebrating our students’ achievements both in living out Serviam and in sport and other disciplines. This year, two of our Year 12s (Eirinn and Charlotte) won awards for service to others in a awards programme run by the American schools.
And here is a film Ursuline Dallas made to congratulate you us on our 125th anniversary!
The Ursuline Education Committee brings together staff to share ideas across the schools and has also started to provide opportunities for our students to meet. Here is a photo from a meeting for year 10s at Desenzano House when they met earlier this year. They had times of discussion and prayer and enjoyed pizza for lunch!
We also take part in the Ursuline Links project which is a volunteer programme sponsored by the Ursuline sisters. It gives opportunities to students from all the British Ursuline schools to take part in voluntary projects to support those in need in the UK and abroad. There are five Ursuline schools who take part- Ilford, Brentwood, Westgate, Forest Gate and us in Wimbledon.
The Ursuline Links gives the students a great chance to serve others and to get to know other Ursuline students. They pray, work and relax together and, in service of those they work with, they learn how to put their faith into action. This year we have 10 students taking part in two projects and they are very excited to take part. In preparation for this they attend monthly meetings with the Ursuline Links leader Cleo Gammon and they will attend a training day and a Discipleship day in the Summer Term.
The two projects are:
Each student has to write a letter of application. Here are some of what our students said in those letters:
To find out more about the programme visit the Ursuline Links website.
We also have variety of international visits support students in specific curriculum areas, making a crucial link between the classroom and the outside world.