It was a whole school effort at Arbour Vale School to celebrate this year’s Red Nose Day and make sure everyone was able to join in the fun. Pupils and staff took part in a range of activities to make it the most inclusive day ever and help raise as much money as possible for the charity Comic Relief.
Activities included a Dance-a-thon for the youngest pupils in Early Years and the Primary School, whilst the secondary and Post-16 students took part in a team Marathon, with the aim of running, walking, and cycling the distance together.
The students in the profound and multiple learning disability department took part in a noise-a-thon, the opposite of a sponsored silence, to shout and show their support for all the good that Comic Relief does for families who are in need.
Classes went head-to-head in a competition to design the biggest, reddest Red Nose and they also got to vote for the best dressed member of staff.
Pupils had the chance to make their class laugh with an all-day Joke-a-thon. The older pupils and Sports Leaders helped ensure the smooth running of the day and sold samosas and cakes to raise money.
Marcus in Dover class said, “I am very excited about Red Nose Day as red is my favourite colour and I have been doing a marathon today with my class for Red Nose Day.”
Alicia Payne, Dorchester Class Teacher who organised the Red Nose Day activities was interviewed on BBC Radio Berkshire’s Breakfast Show and said: “We are aiming to raise as much money as we physically can today but it is also important for us all to come together. We want our pupils to see that if we do things together, we can make people happy and make a difference to those who need support.”
The Principal, Neil Sykes, said: “Red Nose Day is a great chance for the whole school to come together after all the Covid lockdowns and have some fun. As a special needs school, it is important that it is inclusive and that we involve everybody.”