The proposed new Music School
New Music School Campaign
The Headmaster, Nicholas Weaver, launched the new Music School Campaign on Friday, 29th June 2012. Over 240 Parents, Old Ipswichians, Governors, Friends and Staff at the reception were given a glimpse of the talent throughout the School when the Prep Band played a rousing piece, followed by the Show Choir from the Senior School, who sang a beautiful and moving Negro Spiritual.
At the launch, £650,000 towards a target of £1m had already been donated and pledged by Old Ipswichians, Parents, Trusts, Foundations and the Friends of Ipswich School towards the Music School.
At the same time, The Old Ipswichian Club also launched their 125th Anniversary Appeal to support Music, Bursaries and Sport at the School with £380,000 already having been donated and pledged.
Support for the Music School Campaign has risen to over £780,000 and the Appeal to £575,000.
Foundation Bursary Fund
The Foundation Bursary Fund was established in 2006 as a direct result of the generosity of an Old Ipswichian who wrote, “I know how hard it was for my parents to pay the fees when my brother and I were at Ipswich School and I am delighted that, as a result of a successful business career, I have been able to support the Bursary Fund and enable a pupil to benefit from what Ipswich School has to offer in the same way as I did.”
The first bursary was quickly added to in 2009 when the second Foundation Bursary Fund pupil started in Year 7. A further pupil moved into Westwood as a full boarder in year 12 the following year and the first Ogden Trust
scholar into the Sixth Form in September 2010.
The fourth Foundation Bursary Fund recipient started in year 7 in September 2011 following the pledge from Old Ipswichian Tony Greengrass who died earlier that year.
We will welcome the fifth Foundation Bursary Fund recipient in September 2013 into Year 9.
The Phoenix Fund was launched in December 2012 to provide assistance for those who, thorough a change in circumstance, find the future of their children’s education at Ipswich School in jeopardy. The naming of the Fund is apt for many reasons – the phoenix was often associated with Queen Elizabeth 1, who confirmed the School’s Royal Charter nearly 450 years ago. The Queen is portrayed wearing a phoenix jewel and contemporary verse alludes to ‘her phoenix motto of Semper Eadem’ – the motto which we now hold to be our own.
Most importantly the Phoenix also symbolises how, from the ashes of misfortune, we hope to help families to access what might have otherwise become unaffordable – the continuation of an Ipswich School education and all the opportunities that this will bring.
OIs Bob and Roger Porter, early donors to the Phoenix Fund, wrote, ‘Perhaps pupils today will be as lucky as we were to get the great start in life that we had the great fortune to enjoy as a result of an Ipswich School education.’
The Annual Fund at Ipswich School was launched in 2006. It provides an opportunity for all members
of the wider Ipswich School community to support both current and future pupils. Despite careful housekeeping, school fees have risen considerably faster than the rate of inflation and there is concern that many parents who wish to send their children to Ipswich School cannot afford to do so.
“We would like to keep future fee increases as low as possible
, while at the same time offering more means-tested bursaries and developing ambitious capital development programme so that our pupils can continue to enjoy first-class facilities”, explains Development Director, Graham Papenfus.
Each year, Heads of Department from both the Prep and Senior School bid for funding from the Annual Fund. The impact of your Annual Fund donation makes an immediate impact on teaching and learning via a number of small capital projects and bursary support.
A donation to the Annual Fund will help pupils in five key areas:
“Although Ipswich School allocates substantial funding each year to bursaries and scholarships, more needs to be done to make places as widely available as possible by raising additional income to fund them,” Mr Papenfus says.
In excess of £180,000, including the magnificent sum of £50,000 from the Friends of Ipswich School, has been donated to the Annual Fund to fund musical and fitness centre equipment, playground equipment, roll-on covers for cricket, a scrum machine, a harpsichord, hurdles for athletics, software for Maths, Art display boards, improved audio visual facilities for Westwood, picnic benches and tables for the Senior School, cricket bowling machine, upgrading the lighting in Great School to a digital system and enhancing the bursary fund to name but a few.
The Development Programme has been fortunate to have secured support from a range of individuals and companies in the form of sponsorship. Sponsorship income has made a significant impact in our ability to keep prices of tickets to events at the School as low as possible. Sponsorship has also enabled both the Senior and Prep Schools to purchase additional equipment across music, drama and sport.
Festival of Music at Ipswich School
– the Festival has managed to secure over £40,000 worth of sponsorship since the first Festival in 2010. This income has allowed us to attract top international acts as well as keep ticket prices low.
The 2013 Festival sponsors are
Sponsorship of sports teams
Rockfield Energy Partners
Hearing Care Centre
Christchurch Vetinary Surgery
Old Ipswichian Club
Suffolk Organists Association
Delice de France
Karl and Janice Daniels
– Henleys approached the School in 2009 to support sport. This proved to be the start of a number of sports teams being sponsored thereby providing welcome additional income to supplement limited budgets. Current sponsors of sport at Ipswich School are:
|1st boys and girls Hockey teams
|1st XI and Year 6 Cricket teams
||Christchurch Land Acquisition and Development
|1st XI Football team
||Morrison Freight Ltd
|1st XV and Year 6 Rugby teams
Discussions are currently underway regarding a possible sponsor for girls’ games.