Entrepreneurial pupils use talent for Rwanda

Risby Primary school pupils were given money raised through a talent show in an attempt to raise the amount through various creative projects.
Risby Primary school pupils were given money raised through a talent show in an attempt to raise the amount through various creative projects.
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Entrepreneurial pupils at a village primary school quintupled funds raised at talent show to make a difference to Rwandan education.

Youngsters at Risby Primary were each given £5 from a pot of money - collected through the variety performance in March - and used their creative skills to increase the charity coffers.

Projects included growing and selling sunflower plants, making personalised key rings, rescuing hens to sell their eggs as well as shampooing and drying dogs.

So far they have amassed just over £3,000 smashing their £2,000 target to fund a four year teacher training course for a language teacher at Risby’s Primary’s Rwandan link school GS Mukoma.

Two teachers from Risby are due to visit the country in a few weeks as part of their exchange programme.

n In the first event of the Bury Schools Partnership, 30 teachers have received training from Australian expert Lynne Hinton, co-author of Philosophy with Young Children - A Classroom Handbook.

The event follows the lead of Risby Primary, which has taught philosophy to children for four years.

n Managing finances was the focus of Barclays Money Skills week at West Suffolk College.

Nine hundred students took part in tutorials, classes and events to help young people learn how to budget and manage their money better.

They also had the chance to sample and compare brandded and non-branded food from supermarkets.

n Barnham Primary, in Thetford, was among the schools which won the first part of the new Suffolk Farming School of the Year initiative after creating lifesize model sheep.

It is organised by the Suffolk Agricultural Association and Cook With Me Kids.