Charity Week Total Revealed
Charity Week 2014 was a storming success, with all four houses bringing their usual brand of dedication and organisation skills to the fundraising events.
Curie’s chosen charity was Sacca Rwanda, which works to protect and rehabilitate children who have been living on the street in Rwanda. Newton threw their support behind St Luke’s Hospice in Harrow and Brent, to raise funds for their facilities which include an in-patient unit and an out-patient clinic. Plato were out in force for the Muir Maxwell Trust, an organisation that provides children with epilepsy and their families practical help to cope with the illness. Socrates championed the ‘Who Cares?’ trust, a charity that helps children living in care to receive every opportunity to thrive.
Socrates kicked off the events with their main show, Ark’s Got Talent. There was a great variety of talent and a few stand out acts - Year 8 gymnasts, the Dimatrix street dance troupe and Year 10 student Alice, who did a rendition of Whitney’s ‘I Have Nothing’ - gave their all and dazzled the audience with their performances. The deserved winner however was Yash, (pictured left) performing Counting Stars by One Republic to his rapt peers and even coming down off the stage to visit his adoring public!
Strictly Come Dancing was arguably the highlight of the week, with 6 pairs of teachers strutting their stuff on the dancefloor in front of the formidable judging panel of Mrs Smith, Miss Haslam, Mr Fairbairn, Miss Geary and Mr Dainty. Judge Miss Geary said: ‘It was so much fun, I wish we could do this every week – I think next time it’s Blackpool Tower for us!’
Organiser and Head of Newton House, Miss Jackson felt the night was a total success. ‘I am absolutely delighted with the event and so pleased that all the dancers worked so hard, the audience was just amazing!
Mr Fakhoury expressed his shock at being crowned the winner: ‘I was surprised by the reaction of the judges, I was expecting more EBI’s! To get a 10 from Mrs Smith was brilliant.’
Right: Mr Fakhoury & Miss Clark floating on stage
The week culminated in the annual Christmas Fayre where the Houses had their own stalls; Socrates sold cookies and a provided a very popular section where the students and their families could decorate their own gingerbread man.
Mr Edwards said: ‘It was really busy, we were worried we were going to sell out!’
We had no idea there were so many icing maestros in our midst! Eat your heart out Cake Boss :)
Above: Icing Icing Baby!
Charity Week Totals for each House:
Curie House £1,315
Newton House £1,012
Plato House £3,023
We also raised £942 through our non-uniform day, during which many of the staff donned some fabulous Christmas jumpers! This brought our final total to an impressive £7,429.
Thanks to all of the students, teachers and of course our wonderful Heads of House for putting on another fantastic and entertaining charity week for us to enjoy!