Staff and students joined together to take part in the school’s Dancethon to raise money for defibrillators in the local community and cheerleading uniforms.
Staff and students took part in the dance extravaganza which involved plenty of non-stop dancing; there were some especially good moves from the school’s cheerleaders and those who attend the Saint Paul’s after-school dance club.
Ms Lauren Asker, PE teacher at Saint Paul’s, said: “We had several budding Beyoncés joined by many other dance fans and saw some serious dance moves. It was great fun and all the students joined in with the dancing. In lessons all Year 7 and Year 8 girls have done cheerleading and the Cheerleading Club on Tuesday after school is going from strength to strength and will continue in the New Year.”
Ms Laura Wild, Head of PE, said: “The students did a fantastic job with their fundraising and I was impressed with their energy and enthusiasm. They have really enjoyed the cheerleading club which is very gymnastics and stunting based, rather than simply pop pom dancing! They are extremely keen to be able to fund some outfits to wear at cheer related events.
“Lauren Asker has done an amazing job introducing Cheerleading to the school and we are all incredibly delighted in how well it’s taken off. By introducing a creative element to PE, Lauren has been able to hook into the interest of the girls who might otherwise be less enthusiastic about PE.”
“A huge thank you to everyone who donned their dancing shoes and took part in the Saint Paul’s danceathon,” commented Executive Headteacher, Mr Tony Billings. “This proved to be a fun way of raising money for the community defibrillators, a very worthy cause, and also of showcasing the dance talent that is in our school. We encourage our students to consider others in need and to help them through giving of both their time and effort. The organising of fundraising events is therefore a key part of the school’s ethos.”