Children at Ellesmere Primary School refused to let the pandemic stop them getting into action to hold a socially distanced sports fundraiser.
Troubled by the plight of cancer patients and the school’s own PTA’s struggles to raise money, the group of Year 6 girls – led by Grace Stanley – came up with a range of sporting events everybody could do safely to earn sponsorship cash.
Every pupil at the school took part in five activities; beat the goalie, basketball, skipping, speedbounce and the throwing game tin can alley, and raised nearly £500 for Cancer Research and the PTA’s playground fund.
Headteacher Stuart Roberts said: “They were determined that current restrictions weren’t going to stop them helping others, and so they came up with a way of running the activities in a Covid-safe way.
“Parents and friends donated online, and the girls even put together prizes for a lucky participant from each class. It was so good to get the whole school working towards a shared goal… well done girls!”
To make sure the games were conducted in a safe way, each class competed separately and all equipment and surfaces were sanitised following every event.
Ellesmere Primary School joined North West Academies Trust (NWAT) in September 2016 and is now in the middle of an ambitious programme of transformation.
Classrooms have been significantly upgraded with fresh fittings and state-of-the-art kitchen areas, new flooring and heating systems have been installed and the car park has been made safer.
The school was highly praised in last year’s ‘good’ Ofsted inspection and pupil numbers are on the rise.