Since 1995, as a result of the generosity of ten ‘founding’ members, we have been able to part-fund many personal development projects (both educational and charitable) pursued by individual Sixth Formers.
This is one of the most important aspects of the Old Burians’ work with current students. Three trustees administer the fund on behalf of the Trust and are responsible for the adjudication of applications submitted to them.
The Old Burians’ Awards are launched in a Sixth Form Assembly in the New Year and applications have to be given to the Head of Sixth Form by the end of the Spring Term. The amounts of money available each year vary as only the interest on the capital sum is used. Typically this is usually between £500 and £700 in total.
Click here to download the donation form for a one off donation to the Old Burians’ Charitable Trust
Click here to download the standing order form to donate to the Old Burians’ Charitable Trust monthly or annually.
Any Sixth Former wishing to apply for the Old Burians’ Award, click here for the downloadable application form.
Madison Hewitson spent a month in Indonesia with Operation Wallacea; Sam Knock and Poppy McIntosh spent a week at Eton College each pursuing a University Summer School (in Music and English respectively) to further their efforts in applying for university entrance. Lucinda Al-Zoghbi embarked on a ten-week volunteer placement with Raleigh International in South India. Jack Williams spent ten days in India, being a judge at the World Universities’ Debating Championships. (Full reports are in the 2014 issue of “The Old Burian” magazine).
Alex Dobbyn spent two weeks in India last summer at both a hospital and at an orphanage, gaining valuable work experience not available in the U.K. The account of his visit is reproduced in full in the 2015 edition of “The Old Burian” magazine.
Hannah Mayhew travelled to Tanzania on a Gap Medics trip and writes here about her experience:
“With an ambition to pursue a career in medicine, I spent my first year in the Sixth Form trying to gain as much work experience, knowledge and awareness of the medical field as possible, in preparation for university applications. However, I also am an avid traveller, with a particular interest in later studying tropical medicine, so I jumped at the chance to embark upon a medical placement in Tanzania. With a company called Gap Medics, I was lucky enough to spend two weeks shadowing the doctors in St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Hospital in Kilimanjaro.
My first week was spent in internal medicine, a ward devoted to the treatment of typical diseases that are prominent in East Africa. HIV, malaria and tuberculosis were surprisingly in the minority, and I learned a lot about the threat of development and Westernisation in the rising numbers of diabetes sufferers. The most important point my teacher made was about communication with the patient; the concept of explaining the next steps and responsibilities they will have to taking pills, reducing risk factors in order to treat their illness before mentioning its name. Such notorious diseases as HIV evoke fear and shock in the patient that turns their life upside down, so it is ultimately the responsibility of the doctor to serve as a reassuring figure to guide them forwards, and offer hope in this time of vulnerability. Not only is this the foundation of my ambition in medicine, it is a message I will carry with me throughout the entirety of my career.
During week two I was assigned to general surgery. In this one week, I had the opportunity to observe a thyroidectomy, appendectomy, three caesarean sections, a breast tumour excision and the fitting of a nasal gastric tube. The length of surgery, after-care and commitment of the doctors was invaluable to my experience (alongside testing my stomach for the reality of operations!).
I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to the Old Burians for helping me to make the most of this incredible opportunity, without which it may not have been possible. I still look back at this opportunity in awe, and am full of stories, and friendships from my time in Tanzania, that will stay with me forever.”