Oxford University’s laptop donation scheme, Devices4Schools, handed over two more laptops to Fitzharrys school this week. The scheme enables University members to donate their old laptops, tablets and phones safely to benefit local school students.
The Head of School at Fitzharrys described the challenge facing schools regarding digital inclusion:
‘We are very grateful for this kind donation to Fitzharrys School. The pandemic and lockdowns have highlighted the digital divide in all schools, and we know that these extra devices will make a difference to key students. It will allow them access to digital platforms, research key information, access catch up materials, take part in online tutoring, and ensure they can study effectively at home. Digital inclusion is crucial for our students to achieve their potential, and we are proud to be working with Oxfordshire Community Foundation to improve access for all.’
Fitzharrys has worked with Devices4Schools on the pilot scheme which was launched in February and has received a stream of laptops and tablets. The latest two Lenovo laptops were donated by All Souls College. Rima Dapous, Domestic Bursar, commented:
‘All Souls College is delighted to support the University’s Devices4Schools scheme to help provide Oxfordshire school children from all backgrounds with appropriate IT equipment to support their education. To this end, the College has donated two laptops for the pupils at the Fitzharrys School in Abingdon.’
Will Speke, Head of School at Fitzharrys, receives the two laptops from John Keston-Hole, Project Officer from Devices4Schools.
The Fitzharrys School Association is currently raising money for new outdoor furniture for every year group, as seating was identified as a key priority by students earlier this year.
As part of planning around social distancing in the current climate, students are especially encouraged to spend break and lunchtimes outdoors, and Fitzharrys School has specific areas allocated on site for each year group bubble. The FSA is helping to fund the development of colourful, comfortable, social seating areas to increase the capacity available within each year group bubble and make each space more inviting and accommodating for the students.
We are so grateful to everyone who has supported our GoFundMe page so far - thank you all. The money raised to date has been added to existing funds and enabled the FSA to purchase 15 new picnic benches which have now arrived! Each year group is recieving 3 new picnic benches to add to their bubble areas around site. We will continue to raise funds through our GoFundMe page with the aim of purchasing more benches in the near future - look out for more news on FSA associated events and activities coming very soon!
Monday 14th June 2021
Carnegie Forum @ Christchurch Abindgon
Friday 18th - Friday 29th June 2021
Year 10 Mock Exams
Thursday 24th June 2021
Year 6 Transition Day (Online)
Monday 28th June - Friday 2nd July 2021
JMF6 Induction Week
Friday 2nd July 2021
Year 11 Leavers Assembly
Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th July 2021
Year 7 & 8 STEAM Wider Learning Day (TBC)
Tuesday 13th July 2021
Sports Day @ Tilsley Park (TBC)
Wednesday 21st July 2021
End of term – school closes at 1.10pm for students
Thursday 22nd July 2021+