Celebrations to mark the 130 school birthday began with a special tea party held at Talbot Heath school last Friday. Tea and cakes were served in the main hall, and sightings of the Mad Hatter and Alice were noted by the pupils and parents who came to support the event. Even the White Rabbit (thank you Mr Cradick) appeared, on time. The Grand Raffle for the iPledge 130 was also drawn: prizes included a mountain bike won by Mr Castro and ten iced cakes, which were decorated by the pupils and Mrs Moran.
The 130 birthday marks a significant landmark in the school’s history and the tea party was one of a number of fundraising events taking place - now known as iPledge - to raise money in support of Dufatanye Nyanza, a farming cooperative in Rwanda. The school’s involvement in this charity comes about through Godfrey Kalema, a teacher at Talbot Heath’s partner school, College St Emmanuel, who works tirelessly to raise awareness and funds. The cooperative supports children and families affected by HIV Aids, by providing them with healthy food, housing and a means of supporting themselves through the sale of the cooperative’s produce at market.
Mrs Chapleo and Mrs McDonald will be walking/ cycling 130kms on School Birthday - Friday 29th April - cycling from the birthday morning assembly in the main hall, and they are looking for sponsorship via their Just Giving page. All members of the school community have been encouraged to become involved in some way, to set themselves a challenge and make a pledge. The Sixth Form have begun by baking 130 cupcakes with friends for a cake sale during the birthday week.
If you feel that you or your company might be able to support our fund raising by donating please contact Mrs Chapleo, the event coordinator, directly: firstname.lastname@example.org