Rathbones Investment Management International (RIMI) has, this month, become an official Jersey College for Girls Foundation Corporate Partner supporting the JCG Foundation and education in Jersey.
The sponsorship agreement includes a financial donation of £2,500, which will initially cover a variety of projects over the next 12 months. One of the most exciting activities made possible thanks to the sponsorship is the creation of a magnificent piece of wall art. Having met UK wildlife artist Rory McCann whilst on a field trip in Madagascar last year, a group of Year 12 pupils and teachers were inspired by the UK artist’s story. Rory was diagnosed with arthritis as a young boy in 1992 and his sudden inability to lead an active outdoor life resulted in a new passion being unleashed - drawing and painting wildlife. Rory will spend around two weeks in the island next spring working on a biodiversity themed mural and also holding a series of workshops and talks on culture and art, along with discussions on how his interest in zoology and conservation has been incorporated into his artwork.
The mural will be created with help from the students and will take pride of place in the impressive stairwell of the science block at the school.
Another key requirement for JCG was the purchase of new sports strips and thanks to the sponsorship, 20 brand new netball and hockey kits, sporting the Rathbones logo have now been supplied as well as sports jackets that the ‘A team’ pupils will wear to all competitive home and away games. This continues Rathbones long standing school sports initiatives, which have included cricket, hockey, orienteering, squash and sailing.
Rathbones also supported this year’s National Biology Week in October, the new sponsorship enabled JCG students to celebrate their participation in National Biology Week for the first time when the Biology department at JCG teamed up with staff from Durrell to produce “Durrell Week” at JCG. Every year group was involved at some point during the week with a wide range of exciting activities undertaken.
‘We are delighted to partner with the JCG Foundation to continue our support of education in Jersey’ commented Jonathan Giles, managing director, RIMI. ‘The JCG Foundation Corporate Partner Scheme provides us with a vehicle to both financially support the school across the curriculum but also to offer opportunities to provide work experience, internships and mentoring to local students. We very much look forward to using our partnership with the JCG Foundation to cement a strong relationship between Rathbones Investment Management International and JCG going forward.’
The JCG Foundation launched in February 2012 and has been set up as a charitable trust to support current and past students. The foundation will also raise awareness of JCG within the local, national and international community as well as supporting students from other local schools through various programmes such as The Extended Music Programme, Gifted and Talented Programmes and the JCG Serves initiative.
‘Rathbones Investment Management International’s support is invaluable and we are thrilled to welcome them as an official Corporate Partner. We are working together on several exciting projects that are already benefiting students hugely’ commented Leanda Jane Guy, Foundation Director. ‘We are very encouraged, that despite current economic pressures, local businesses are reacting so positively to the launch of the JCG Foundation Corporate Partner Scheme. Investing in the next generation is crucial for the Island and the JCG Foundation scheme provides a great opportunity for businesses in Jersey to support education on the Island at many different levels.’