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Castle Manor & Castle Hill are Funny for Money

Thursday, 19th March 2009.

Scores of students were laughing all the way to the Comic Relief bank on Friday 13th March, as the Castle Manor – Hill Federation was being funny… for money.

Whilst the nation was in the grip of Red Nose fever, pupils at Castle Manor Business & Enterprise College and Castle Hill Community Middle School took some comic relief and raised £1002 for the Comic Relief Charity.

Inspired by national fund raising effort, students and staff donned their Red Noses and head boppers as they drummed up their contribution toward the record £59,187,065 national total.

Castle Manor ensures that students develop enterprising skills through an outstanding and innovative curriculum. Members of the student council put these skills to good use to add to the astounding final figure. Red was the theme of the day as students as swapped their usual blazer and tie for more casual attire, donating for the privilege. Staff X-Factor wannabes sang their way all week into a grand assembly final, presented by “stand up comedian” Mr Powter.

A special staff dance performance, lunchtime football competitions and a concert arranged by school band “Nice Manors” furthered the total raised on the Castle Manor site.

Vice President of the Castle Manor Student Council, Lauren Towers, 16, was proud of the total donation: “I’m really pleased with the amount of money both campuses have raised, and I think last week went really well. It feels good to make a difference to peoples lives.”

Meanwhile Castle Hill were getting in the comic spirit with a lunch time fun session which included face painting, a lucky dip and raffle, name the teddy, and red nosed themed cakes.

Ms Becky Baldwin thanked staff and students for a “fantastic day which raised a lot of money for a very worthy cause”.

Pain was the name of the game as students laughed along during the climax to the day. Deputy Head Mr Wayne Lloyd and Mr Webb (ICT Teacher) faced the dreaded leg waxing strips in front of the waiting crowd in the Castle Manor hall.

Headteacher Ms Madeleine Vigar believes students and staff showed real community spirit: “Our students and staff have worked as a team using a wide variety of enterprising skills, to make a large sum of money for Comic Relief. I am extremely proud of what they have achieved to help others in the global community.”

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