18 September 2018
The summer of 2018 brought an incredible charitable adventure for 21 girls from Farnborough Hill when they travelled to Borneo to help with the extending and modernisation of a school.
Having spent the past year fundraising to be able to donate new classroom chairs, new tables, stationery supplies and building materials for Nalapak Primary School in Ranau, the girls were thrilled when the opportunity arose to travel there themselves to help with an ongoing project. The girls adventurous spirit and willingness to learn were called upon when they were challenged with; cementing a drive from the road to the main building, building an extension for a new kitchen, and painting the hall – all of which were undertaken with joy. A particular highlight was being able to spend some time with the children in their classrooms between the sessions of heavy labour, assisting the teachers and entertaining the pupils.
Mrs Alexandra Neil, Head, commented, ‘I am thrilled the girls had this extraordinary opportunity to help others while experiencing a country and culture so different from our own. The wonderful generosity of the School community enabled fundraising for the supplies needed by Nalapak Primary School; for the girls to then be able to travel there and offer themselves as helpers was a real bonus for this adventurous group.’