Here at Ashbourne, we pride ourselves on helping students to achieve their full potential when it comes to their grades and exams. Since establishing the college in 1981, we have seen a tremendous amount of our students go on to some of the most prestigious universities in the country. But success is measured in many different ways. Having a strong focus on academic outcomes is important, but we also champion students who develop in other areas of their lives too.
At the beginning of March, the staff and students at Ashbourne were given the opportunity to buy cupcakes in order to raise money for Children with Cancer UK. Maria Selyanina, who organised the bake sale, is no stranger to baking. When asked to explain why the cause was so important to her, she said "I decided to do this activity because I literally wanted to help anyhow to raise money to support of Children with Cancer. I had some situations associated with the disease, which triggered me for being sorry for the ones who suffer. I've been doing this for a couple of months, and I have raised more than 300 pounds so far, which of course is not a lot for any charity. However, I hope this amount will make difference".
Maria really enjoys baking, and not only hopes to do another bake sale soon, but wants to inspire others to follow her example to raise money for other charities. "I sell cakes with my friends quite often, even in Russia. Therefore, I am aiming to do another sale at Ashbourne, since this idea can encourage other students or teachers to do the same, maybe for a different kind of charity".
Maria is the perfect example of what makes us very proud of what we do here at Ashbourne College. Although guidance through academic processes is key, it is also essential that we give students the room to express themselves when it comes to the things that matter most to them.
We look forward to future bake sales, not only for the opportunity to raise money for a great cause, but because the cakes were simply delicious! Well done Maria!