Telephone campaign 2017

From August 1st to August 14th 2017 St Helen's School ran its first ever telephone fundraising campaign. Over the two week period, in the newly refurbished Lund building in the former Junior School, our callers - a team of recent leavers from St Helen’s spoke to over 600 people and had both supportive and indeed lengthy conversations with our community. 

As a result of these conversations we have been able to expand our professional networks, inform our community about our Futures Programme (designed to help our students and alumnae as they make important decisions about their careers), as well as launch our Regular Giving Programme in support of the School.

To date our community have very generously donated over £57,500 to the Fund through either single or regular monthly gifts over the next few years as a result of this telephone campaign. This has been an overwhelmingly positive start to our fundraising activities. The campaign was all about small scale regular giving and our community have shown how together we can make a real difference.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our community and friends for the positive engagement with our telephone campaign this summer and for the overwhelming support, whether financially as a result of a gift or through the extensive offers of support offered for our girls and alumnae through the Futures Programme.   

As we continue to invest in the School and its development we hope that so too will our community. We have ambitious plan for our School, its development and our students but we cannot realise our Vision alone. We believe investing in today, is investing in our tomorrow and the support to date is just the beginning.

If we were unable to speak with you during the summer or you would now like to make a gift to the School, regular or one-off, please do get in touch. Every gift, large or small, really does make a difference to our students and to our community.

For more information on the projects we are seeking to support please visit our Student Enrichment Fund and Student Support Fund (bursarial support) webpages. 

Caller profiles

Jaime Brown - Class of 2014

During my time at school I enjoyed being involved with assisting the younger years, helped out in the Junior School and was a Year 7 Leader. In addition, being involved with activites, such as Gold Duke of Edinburgh and Young Enterprise, allowed me to gain transferable skills which have aided me in many experiences since. I have recently graduated from the University of Manchester where I was studying Psychology. I intend to commence the Graduate Diploma in Law in September, with the aim of becoming a commercial solicitor. 

 

Sahana Chrishanthan - Class of 2014

I attended St Helen's from 2007 to 2014 where I enjoyed taking part in drama through House Arts and LAMDA. I was also interested in Biology which influenced me to study Human Sciences at the University of Oxford and I have just completed my second year. Career wise I am thinking of going into environmental consultancy or doing a masters abroad.  

 

 

Ellie Cohen - Class of 2015

I was at St Helen's for 14 years and have just completed my first year at the University of Nottingham where I study International Media and Communications. At School I was a part of the CCF and Young Enterprise, and I also assisted in running the Italian club which was a particular highlight for me (along with the many trips) as I was able to share my passion for languages with other girls with similar interests. As of yet I am not sure what I would like to do after I graduate, however, I am currently loving working in event entertainment, so a career in the area of event planning and management is definitely something that I would like to explore. 

 

Amy Cook - Class of 2016

I was a pupil at St Helen’s from the age of four, from 2002 until 2016. I am now studying Liberal Arts at the University of Bristol, and hope to study abroad in Spain in 2018/19. At school, I was part of the netball and lacrosse teams, a Colour Sergeant in the CCF Army Section, a member of the Phab team 2015/16, and Deputy Head Girl. My Phab experiences are some of my fondest memories from my time at St Helen’s and I have helped set up a Phab club at Bristol. 

 

Katja de la Fuente - Class of 2016

 

Iona Fielding - Class of 2015

I currently study philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. When I’m not reading Kant or collecting antique books, I’m being kept busy with my Vice Presidency position within the international society AIESEC. At St Helens I loved being involved in DofE, volunteering at Little St Helen's, and in all things to do with literature! After I left school, I became a qualified English teacher (with the help of the Merchant Taylors Travel Fund), and also worked as a rock climbing instructor. I’m not sure which career path I’ll head down yet, but I know it will be something involving leadership and empowering others. 

 

Dhiviya Ganeshalingam - Class of 2014

 

Zafirah Kalla - Class of 2014

I attended St Helen’s from 2003 - 2014 and have just recently graduated from university with a 1st in Business Management. 
During my time at St Helen’s I was involved in DofE Bronze, Silver & gold expeditions as well as Young Enterprise where we created handmade soaps through our company Pulse. Both these activities enabled me to gain skills such as communication and leadership skills which I can transfer to most careers. I am looking forward to step into the working world. 

 

Yass Rad - Class of 2016

I am currently studying Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol and I have just finished first year. Being a St Helen's girl was the best thing that could have happened to me. I loved being in an environment where everyone was open minded and enjoyed learning. While I was at school, a lot of my time went into my art studies and working backstage at the school plays, which are some of my fondest memories. Although I am uncertain about exactly what I want to do after university, there are certain avenues that I have my eye on and want to learn more about. I am motivated by my desire to become successful in whatever field I choose, so I am excited about what the future holds. 

Anoushka Raval - Class of 2016

I am currently studying International Relations at the University of Birmingham, and have just finished my first year. I was at St Helen's for Sixth Form and found House Arts a highlight as well as earning my lifeguard certification. At University I still enjoy pursuing my interests outside of my degree, writing for an online publication, volunteering with Scouts and working as a student ambassador. As I am studying a broad degree subject, I am considering a career in journalism or with an NGO.

 

Kaira Shetty - Class of 2015

I am currently studying Sociology at Nottingham University and have just completed my first year. During my time at St Helen's I was an active member of the school community, involving myself in various charity and sporting events. I especially loved my experiences in Phab and the Royal Navy section of CCF. This summer I cannot wait to start my month long internship in a media and production firm - an opportunity that I hope will kickstart my future career in the television industry.

Shannon Smyth - Class of 2015

Having joined St Helen’s in Year 7, I left school in 2015 after finishing my A-levels. During my time there, I was involved in many drama productions, completed my Gold DofE expedition on the school’s trip to Malawi, and was a member of the CCF Navy section from Year 10 until I left the school. In my final year, I was also Deputy Head Girl. I have just finished my second year at Edinburgh University, studying English Literature and History, and in September I will be moving to America to study at the University of California, Davis for my year abroad. This summer, as well as doing some travelling in Japan, I am really looking forward to coming back to St Helen’s to take part in the telephone campaign!

 

Amber Speed - Class of 2014

Having just graduated from the University of Nottingham with a 2.1 in Art History, I am now looking forward to stepping into the working world. I thoroughly enjoyed my 14 years at St Helen's and have an array of fond memories to look back on with lifelong friends. Whilst at school I was a member of the Phab team, CCF in the army section and was also awarded the Sixth Form Art scholarship. For the future I am excited to start a career in the world of art, either working in an auction house or a London gallery. 

Jennifer Srivasan - Class of 2015

I attended St Helen’s between 2008 and 2015, and I am currently in my second year of study at the University of Nottingham. During my time at school I was involved in the CCF, origami club and St Helen’s singers. Politics, my chosen degree, leaves a number options open but I am particularly drawn to a career in either journalism or law, hopefully combining my passions for writing and travel.