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Smithdon High School

Children in Need fun at Smithdon

Pudsey Bear made an appearance at our Children in Need Day events this year.

As part of our fundraising activities, we had a photo booth where students had  pictures taken within a giant frame featuring the charity’s famous teddy mascot while Assistant Headteacher Rachel Bazeley-Smith braved the wet sponge stocks.

Other money-making ventures included a cake stall run by our Year 10 and 11 ASDAN students, and a second-hand book stall and a bric-a-brac stall run by school council members from Years 10 and 11.

Activities took place during break time and lunchtime in the school hall and were open to all staff members and students.

Students in all year groups also donated to Children in Need by paying to come to school in non-uniform on the day, with some choosing to wear fancy dress for the occasion.

Deputy headteacher and event organiser Sarah Robinson said: “Pre-Covid, we have always had a non-uniform day and various other activities in the past – this is the first time we have properly celebrated and supported for a while though.

“Nothing cost more than 50p, as we know money is tight, but we were working on the premise that if everyone gives a little, we can gain a lot.”

Headteacher Amanda Gibbins added: “I am so proud of how much our students got involved in the activities, and the huge donations they made, especially in these times of hardship for so many in our community.”

Our Children in Need fundraising total this year was £817.20.