School Children Have Fun Dancing for Children in Need

Children at Shiplake School, Rupert House School and St Mary’s School had fun on Friday raising money for Children in Need.

At Shiplake School they had a visit from Mr Toad from the River & Rowing Museum.  Mr Toad started the day by collecting donations from each classroom with Maddy, the Museum’s Education Department Tutor.  He then showed off their groovy dance moves, had a sing-a-long and read Wind in the Willows for the children.

Mr Toad and Maddy, who normally host activities at the Museum for young children reached out to Shiplake Primary School, which both share a great local relationship, with the school attending the Museum prior to the temporary closure period, for a whole host of educational activity days over the last couple of years.

Mrs Amy White, Key Stage Two Leader and School Council Co-ordinator said: “It was wonderful to welcome Mr Toad and Maddie from the River and Rowing Museum into our school to help us with our fundraising day for Children in Need. Our School Council members helped Mr Toad around to all the classes and everyone enjoyed singing songs with him and listening to his stories. We are pleased that our event raised around £187.50 for Children in Need.”

Lucy Millen, the Events Co-ordinator at the River and Rowing Museum said: “It was absolutely fantastic to spend time at Shiplake Primary School with Mr Toad and Maddy to help raise money for a great cause, Children in Need. Mr Toad and Maddy showed off their dance moves and it lovely to see the children get involved. It was wonderful to be able to go into the local community, while the Museum is temporarily closed for repairs, and be able to share the activities that Mr Toad and Maddy would normally provide to young children. Thank you to Shiplake Primary School for having us!”

Rupert House School pupils came into school wearing spots, or yellow, or both, in exchange for a £2 donation, while the teachers dressed as school children. The children also wore Pudsey ears and badges which they had purchased throughout the week, with the proceeds going to the charity.

Miss Jones and the school council held a competition for pupils to design Children in Need themed hats and there was a wonderful array of colourful entries from across the school. The six winners were chosen by the school council. They were Claudia F, Neve VB, Ottilie C, Piper R, Monty D and Bella H.

As a surprise for the children, Mr Armitage arranged for local breakdancing pro, John Johnny, to come in and run a Zumba session for the teachers. Even Mr Woodley donned a neon hat and got stuck in! The teacher session turned into a whole school extravaganza with children from Nursery to Year 6 doing the splits and shaking their hips to some of Johnny’s funky beats! Parents were asked to donate to a Go Fund Me campaign in order to raise a further £250 in order for them to see a video of the event in return. Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/ABejWtHz3Tg  The school raised a total of £1300.

St Mary’s children dressed-up as superheroes this year.  They raised over £350 for Children in Need, and the children enjoyed some special activities including Pudsey PE!