Giving Day

MSJ Giving Day - what's it all about?Tuesday 30 November is global Giving Day: a day when people everywhere come together to do something to support the causes and communities that mean so much to us all.

Join us for our MSJ Giving Day. Our aim is to raise money for the MSJ Bursary Fund:

  • This assists almost 1 in 3 pupils at the School with fee remissions
  • Our aim is to raise £2million through fundraising by 2025 to create 100% funded places for girls who could not join without full fee remission.

MSJ Giving Day is about coming together as a community, having fun, celebrating the School run-up to Christmas, as well as raising funds. Last year we raised almost £16,500: can we raise the bar for 2021?

We will also be hosting a Shwopping (think clothes shopping meets clothes swapping) event on the evening of Giving Day which will raise funds for West Mercia Women’s Aid – see more below.

Giving to education is like giving a gift for life. Every penny of the money raised from the baubles will go to the Bursary Fund, which will help us create an even more diverse and energetic community.

How you can get involved

You can support our Buy a Bursary Bauble Appeal by sponsoring a bauble with your name and a dedicated message which we’ll hang in York Hall. Baubles are available in different sizes for different donation levels: from £20 for a regular one to £500 for a giant glittering gold one.

Baubles are available to buy now. Just click on the button below to make your donation and we will email you to get your message for your bauble. We will then hang your bauble in York Hall and enter you into the raffle.

Win a UK luxury breakEach bauble you buy gives you entry into the raffle, with two luxury prizes donated: a perfect weekend in the Cotswolds at The Double Red Duke - described by Giles Coren as “full of elegant nooks and crannies … a dreamy world of rural eating and drinking … a class operation” - and a week in a beautiful Keswick holiday home in the heart of the Lake District. Tickets are £20 each. The bigger the bauble you buy, the more entries you receive.

£20 bauble – 1 entry

£100 bauble – 5 entries

£250 bauble – 12 entries

£500 bauble – 25 entries

The Double Red Duke

The Double Red Duke

You could win one night's dinner, bed and breakfast for 2 people at the Double Red Duke, part of the Country Creatures group of inns owned by Old Girl Georgie Pearman (Oram Hawkins, MGC 1991) and her husband. The DRD, a historic coaching inn in the heart of the Cotswolds has earned rave reviews from the likes of Giles Coren, William Sitwell, Jay Rayner, Elle, Conde Nast Traveler and many more for its intimate, luxury feel, great food and wine, and attention to detail. Sit by one of the open fires, snuggle into the nooks and crannies in winter or enjoy the stunning gardens in the Summer, and plentiful walks in the Oxfordshire countryside.

The weekend is to be used before the end of February 2022. 

A week in the glorious Lake District

A stay of 2-7 nights in this beautiful mid-terrace cottage in the Keswick area in the Lake District could be yours. This highly rated property has 3 bedrooms sleeping 5 people with pubs, shops, restaurants, the Theatre by the Lake on the doorstep and views onto Grisedale Pike and Causey Pike.

Dates exclude May half term and between 22 Jul-31 Aug 2022 but can be chosen from all other dates available at the time of selection.

The raffle will close at 5pm on Monday 13 December and the winners will be notified by Wednesday 15 December. There will be two winners - first pulled will win the week's holiday in the Lake District, and the second will win the weekend at The Double Red Duke.

7 The Plosh, Cottages in Keswick | A Cumbrian Cottages (

Lead DonationsCould you be a lead donor to the Bursary Fund, in a position to donate early to the appeal which will allow us to match-fund money raised, or ‘unlock’ additional donations if we reach certain thresholds? Would you offer match-funding for the money raised by the girls in the Santa Dash?  If so, please call us in the Development Office.

Fiona Meredith/Sue Heritage/Chrissy Bligh

Tel: 01684 892288 or email

All donations welcome

Please donate via our secure CAF payment portal if you would like to buy a bursary bauble and enter the raffle. Please note, under 16 year olds cannot enter the raffle.

buy a bursary bauble and enter RAFFLE

You don’t have to buy a bursary bauble to make a donation. You can donate any amount by clicking on the link below. All gifts, whatever the size, help fund means-tested bursary places.

Donate HERE 

If you are interested in making a regular payment, please click below

make a regular payment

If you are interested in making a legacy gift, please click below


If you would like to speak to someone before donating, please contact Fiona Meredith in the Development Office. Tel: 01684 892288 or

Bursary Baubles will be hung in school from the time you buy them until Christmas as the main feature of our decorations. They will not be physically given to you.

Gift Aid will not be applicable on Bauble purchases.

Get involved: Activities During Giving DayActivities throughout the day for pupils, parents and all members of the MSJ Community to raise proceeds for the MSJ Bursary Fund

During the day:                

Hot chocolate, cake and Christmas music, plus activities in the Quad for pupils and staff         

Ships’ Santa Dash competition for pupils (bad weather alternative: competitive activities in the Sports Hall)


Come and Join Us:

An invitation to Parents, Staff, Honorary Members, local Old Girls

Official Switch-On of the Christmas Lights in the Quad

Carols and drinks around the Christmas tree in the Quad

& Introducing our first MSJ Shwopping Event in York Hall

ShwoppingWhat is shwopping? It’s a hybrid of shopping and swapping: bring in clothes in excellent condition that you no longer want, and swap them for someone else’s clothes in excellent condition that they no longer want.

Sustainable, guilt-free, planet-friendly shopping.

 A small entrance fee on the door and any other proceeds raised at Shwopping will be donated to West Mercia Women’s Aid.

Start sorting a ‘shwopping pile’ of womens/girls clothes, shoes and accessories now, ready to bring into school in the week before Giving Day (we'll issue specific instruction shortly).

We are also looking for a ‘must have’ item(s) – for example a designer handbag or accessory – that we could auction. Let us know if you have anything you would be prepared to give.

Please RSVP to indicate if you would like to join us for Carols in the Quad and/or the Shwopping Event


Thank you!MSJ Giving Day is about coming together as a community, having fun, celebrating the School run-up to Christmas, but it also has a serious message: it’s about raising funds for the MSJ Bursary Fund.

Thank you to everyone who gets involved in whatever capacity. Your support means the world to us.

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