Pupils from Penwortham Primary School are embarking on a sponsored silence to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and St Catherine’s Hospice.Advertisement
The summer term would usually see Year 6 pupils take part in a variety of activities, including a residential trip, a leaver’s assembly, and hosting the school’s summer fayre, but they have been unable to do so this year due to COVID-19.
Since the Government began its phased reopening of schools last month, children at Penwortham Primary have been divided into two ‘Bubbles’ who have been attending on alternate weeks, to adhere to social distancing.
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On Tuesday (July 7) Bubble 1 became the first group to take part in the sponsored silence, opting to raising money for the British Heart Foundation.
The group successfully remained silent for the entire morning, from 9am to 12pm.
Bubble 2 are set to take on their challenge on Tuesday 14 July, having chosen St Catherine’s Hospice in Preston as their charity.
Both groups began their fundraising efforts on Tuesday 30 June, and have since managed to raise a combined total of over £1,300.
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Teacher Zoe Andrew, said: “The whole event has become a new rite of passage for the children.
“Although they won’t get to do the things they were looking forward to all year, they have relished the opportunity to help other people in need.
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“It means a lot to the children as it will probably be one of their most memorable events of their final year at primary school, and I hope it lightens the disappointment of missing out on all things Year 6.
“Being silent is a difficult task for 10 and 11 year-olds, so I’m excited to see how they respond to the challenge!”
Money raised will given directly to each group’s respective charity and donations can be made through online fundraising pages for Bubble 1 and Bubble 2.
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