Thursday 14th September saw the first meeting of the Pengelly Society for the new academic year. The Pengelly Society was first formed in 1971 to give a small group of Sixth Form pupils the opportunity to discuss academic papers. Today, it has grown considerably and all Sixth Formers, and selected High Flyers, are invited to attend and listen to visiting speakers talk about their professions and experiences. It is a great opportunity for Bethany pupils to broaden their horizons and consider their own aspirations and future plans.
This week Bethany Sixth Formers heard from past Bethany pupils, George Dinnis and Immy Oakes, and present pupil, Issy Altendorf, about their experiences working with Gap Medics and Gap 360. These were volunteering placements part funded by the Skene Catling Trust. The Trust was set up by Skene Catling, a former Bethany Housemaster, to give pupils funding for gap year projects. Issy’s stories of working in hospitals in the Dominican Republic were highly emotive, and it was clear to see how gap year projects can have a profound effect on your outlook on the world, as well as enabling you to develop life skills that can never be taught in a classroom.
All current Sixth Formers can apply for funding from the Skene Catling Trust if they have a plan to complete a gap year project. Information can be found on the VLE or by contacting Mr Hart-Dyke: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next Pengelly Society meeting will be held on Thursday 12th October 2017 where our visitors will be introducing Bethany pupils to the charity COGS (Children of Gambia Services); a charity set up to support the educational, welfare and medical needs of children in The Gambia.