In 2008, 16 students and 5 staff from St Paul’s set off to Ghana for a ten day trip – it proved to be a life-changing experience. They had spent the previous 8 months fundraising to finance a fresh-water borehole for a parish and school in the Catholic diocese of Kumasi and to fund the completion of a Primary School classroom in the diocese of Obuasi.
Since that first trip, 73 Sixth Form students and 10 staff have made four trips to Ghana and, as a school, raised over £150,000 to help our brothers and sisters in Ghana. The aim has been to run the trip every two years to give our Sixth Form students the opportunity to experience a completely different life to the one they are used to and to put into action the Gospel values that underpin our school community. We have formed lasting relationships with the Parishes and Schools we have visited and are committed to helping them in whatever way we can.
The 2014 team who went to Ghana raised over £50,000 and funded a toilet block for a Catholic Secondary School and a library facility for a Catholic teachers training college.
Our 22 strong 2016 team raised £55,000 which funded a bore-hole at a Catholic Primary school in Offinso (500 students aged 5-15years old) and funded facilities at Christ the Teacher training college.