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Schools’ treasured show, 24-hour fast and cycling treble

Latest news from schools across the Diocese of East Anglia includes a West End style theatre show, a 24-hour charity fast and a hat-trick of wins in a national cycling competition.

Students at Sacred Heart School in Swaffham have staged an innovative version of Treasure Island – in the school’s gymnasium.

Directed by teacher Charlie Williams, and with student Daisy O’Brien playing lead character Capt Jim Hawkins, the production was highly acclaimed as of “West End standard” and ingenious in its use of gym bars and ropes and variable staging to really set the scene.

Charlie said: “It was an immense privilege for me to direct this production and to enable the students to be part of what I hope will become a seminal memory from their school days as they progress through life.”

Sixth Form students from St John Fisher Catholic High School, Peterborough, recently completed a 24-hour fast to raise money for a local charity called Children of Adam, raising over £600.  This charity distributes food to the local homeless in the city. On Sunday May 20, they worked with the charity to distribute food and meet with people who are struggling greatly in the community. 

RE teacher, Nissa Khan, who has co-ordinated the students’ project, said: “It was incredible to see how determined our students were to get involved.”  The school’s current Head Girl, Vanessa Abankwa, was one of the group, and she said: “I think that this was a wonderful experience due to the fact that we were able to make a difference in people’s lives and put smiles on their faces.” Well done to all of the students involved.

St Thomas More Catholic Primary School in Peterborough has won a hat-trick of cycling accolades in the Big Pedal challenge

Headteacher Anne-Marie McElhinney said: “The last three years had seen us climb to the top of the leader board in Peterborough and we were not going to let our title slip away from us in 2018.  Our community, as ever, got behind the challenge and worked extremely hard to ensure that our pupils and parents made their way to school on scooters and bikes.  Our bike sheds were bursting, every spare inch of fence was decorated with bikes and scooters.

“Each day we met as a school to discuss our progress and each day we supported each other to ensure that we could once again be crowned ‘The Big Pedal’ winners!

“We would like to thank Terry Wright’s Cycles who kindly donated a children’s bicycle, which we used as a prize in our Big Pedal raffle.

“At the end of the two weeks we were staggered to find out that not only had we won for the third year running in Peterborough, but we were placed third in the East of England and seventh nationally.

“We are proud to say that even now, nearly a month later, our bike sheds are still full. Our pupils have continued to cycle and scoot to school showing just how committed our school community is to improving their environment and their health and well-being.”