OxTrail Success

Headington pupils have raised more than £7,000 for a local hospice charity by taking part in a trail featuring Oxford’s symbol, the Ox.

The school was one of 85 local schools and community groups taking part in the ox-traordinary adventure, painting a mini oxen to display as part of the county-wide charity art trail this summer for Sobell House Hospice. This charity project has given the entire school community the opportunity to use their creativity, engage in a community-focused project, and fundraise for a very important cause.

Through a collaborative effort involving pupils, staff, and the wider school community, a total of £7,346.78 was raised.

After taking delivery of the School’s Ox sculpture, Art Scholars created a range of captivating designs. The entire school community then participated in voting for their favorite design, which was subsequently brought to life by the Art Scholars and other members of the Art Department.

Complementing this effort, was a host of fundraising activity. Art Scholars sold a collection of T-shirts, while L4 pupils took part in the immensely successful ‘£8 enterprise challenge’. Given £8 as a startup fund, they engaged in a variety of creative enterprises to significantly grow their initial investment.

Among the notable ventures were up-cycling projects, curry nights, car washes, and jewellery making. Special commendations go to L4 students Sofia, Honour, Magie, and Lucia for their exceptional entrepreneurial achievements.

The money – more than seven times the School’s fundraising target, will cover essential costs, such as:

  • £6,280.82 to cover catering bills for two weeks.
  • £1,028 to provide hot drinks for staff and volunteers for a year.
  • £30 to offer pastoral support to a patient and their loved ones.

The school was also involved in naming our mini Ox. After much anticipation, “Bull in a China Shop” was chosen as the winning name, perfectly capturing the spirit of our exquisitely designed sculpture.

The “Bull in a China Shop” mini Ox will be displayed at Oxford Brookes over the summer, contributing to the broader OxTrail sculpture trail, running from 6th July to 29th August 2024.

The main trail in Oxford’s city centre will feature 31 life-sized sculptures, with an additional 107 mini ox sculptures spread across Oxfordshire.

More information about OxTrail can be found here. Purchases of the app, map, merchandise, or raffle all contribute towards the hospice, which provides vital support for those facing life-limiting illnesses and their families.