Students at Penrith’s Queen Elizabeth Grammar School have raised over £1,000 for Children in Need.
Year 12 students organised a number of events running throughout the day. Olivia Brownlee organised face painting and glitter at morning break time which proved very popular. She said:
“I think we did well today. We charged £1 for glitter and you’d pay £3 at a festival for it so it was a bargain. We did it really quickly – someone every 20 seconds – and I think we raised £100 just from that.”
Competitions to guess the number of sweets in a jar and the name of a giant teddy bear ran throughout the day.
The highlight was the annual staff vs students basketball game held at lunch time. In a hotly contested match, the staff trounced students 16-9, with a notable performance from maths teacher Mr Connor who was responsible for 6 of the staff’s points. The game was organised by students Josh Monico and Callum Campbell. Josh played dressed in a crocodile onesy, and said: “The game was disastrous for the students! But the amount we raised was fabulous. My target was £1,000 and we’ve beaten that.”
Joint head of sixth form, Miss Vicky Smith, said: “The students have organised all the fundraising themselves and they have done very well. We always raise funds for Children in Need at QEGS and each year the sixth formers pull out all the stops to raise as much money as possible. This year’s total has exceeded last year’s by more than £100 and we’re all delighted to be able to give so much to a great cause.”