Berkshire and Buckinghamshire education news - February 2014
PUBLISHED: 11:47 07 March 2014 | UPDATED: 11:49 07 March 2014
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That was a really long walk!
Children from Woolhampton Church of England Primary School in Berkshire have raised £1,120 to help ‘Give Hunger the Boot’, a fundraising appeal for the UK charity Farm Africa which is working to beat hunger across eastern Africa.
The entire school of around 95 children aged between 4 and 11 took part in a sponsored ‘Welly Walk’. The older pupils buddied up with the younger ones before donning their wellies and strolling to a playground about a mile away from the school. Here, the children enjoyed some snacks and games before making the return journey. Cumulatively, all those taking part walked an impressive 214 miles.
The sponsored walk is part of Farm Africa’s ‘Great African Welly Walk’ where the number of ‘welly miles’ walked by Woolhampton Primary School will be added to the grand total of miles walked by all participating schools and churches across the UK. Last year, the total walked was equivalent to a mass ‘Welly Walk’ all the way to a Farm Africa project in Ethiopia and back. This year Farm Africa is hoping to go even further by walking all the way to one of their projects in Kenya - and back!
Woolhampton Primary School also had a visit from Farm Africa’s Director of Fundraising and Communications, Pam Williams-Jones, who gave an inspirational talk about the work of the charity and thanked both the school and the children’s parents for their support in helping rural African families build a life free from hunger.
Julie Howe, senior teacher, said: “The children really enjoyed taking part and it was nice for us to see the older pupils buddy up with the younger ones in the ‘Welly Walk’. They also benefitted from learning about the lives of children in other countries and how important it is to share.”
The extraordinary support from Woolhampton Primary School will generate important funds that Farm Africa will use to train farmers in how to grow and produce more food and increase their harvest yields.
Banking on success
Boyne Hill Infant and Nursery School’s staff, children and parents have been working hard to raise money for improvements to their nursery playground. Cake sales, walks, Christmas tea towels and mugs – just about every idea is being used to get the Maidenhead school to its £9,000 target.
According to head teacher Jane Hunsley a clothes’ bank in the school car park has been a good, regular source of funds: “Each time the clothing and bedding donations are collected, the items are weighed and the school receives a donation per weight. It’s quite a good money raiser actually, and often yields nearly £100 whenever the clothes’ bank is emptied.”
Linden Homes, which has created Boyn Hill Gardens, new apartments and houses near the school, has also donated £500 to the cause.
The school plans to make a series of improvements to the playground, including installation of a new shelter; laying of all-weather grass and soft flexible tarmac addition of a new play house and the purchase of some new bedding plants.
To help the school reach its target, please call 01628 622708 to make a donation.
Now here’s a fund-raising idea with a difference - Beaconsfield High School has launched an online trade and services directory to promote companies who would like to reach the 1,100 students and their parents.
The school is charging £50 plus VAT for a listing or £70 plus VAT for a listing plus logo, around £1 a week, for an annual subscription. The first batch signing up include Alexa Beck Photography; Pest Control Bucks; Ashington Page; European Bathrooms; Fox’s Outdoor; Richard Gommo (financial adviser); Loudwater Driving School; Nalini Milligan (dressmaker, costumes, alterations and repairs); Originals from Bega’s Cottage; Stix Tapas Bar & Steakhouse; Universal Care Ltd; 11+ Wizards; and Oxygen Lifestyle & Spa.