Young fund-raisers use pedal power for charity

Priory School embarked on a  bike ride to the Wardens Residential Centre in Sizewell. It's part of an annual event and over the years they have been to numerous places raising money for various causes.

Priory School embarked on a bike ride to the Wardens Residential Centre in Sizewell. It's part of an annual event and over the years they have been to numerous places raising money for various causes.

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Young fund-raisers used pedal power to amass the cash for charities of their choice in an annual bike challenge.

Thirteen pupils from Priory School, in Bury St Edmunds, cycled about 110 miles over two days to Sizewell and stayed at the Wardens Centre.

The ride was in aid of individual charities such as Cancer Research and the British Heart Foundation with sums raised varying between £20 and £500.

They started training for the challenge last Autumn with West Suffolk Wheelers, Go Ride and the school cycling club.

The school has held sponsored cycles for 21 years.

n Turnips were the vegetable of choice for youngsters at St Edmundsbury Primary.

The school grew hundreds of turnips as part of Key Stage One’s topic on The Enormous Turnip story book.

After harvesting the vegetables, pupils painted, sketched, measured and weighed them during a special activity day.

The children also tried making turnip coleslaw.

n All Saints Primary, in Lawshall, has focused on enhancing pupil voice, participation and confidence as part of the Achievement for All (AfA) programme.

For the initiative, the school is taking part in one of 15 national case studies with charity Early Suppport.

Since the work started, staff have ‘reported an increased confidence in the children and pro-active investment from parents’.

Headteacher Clare Lamb, a parent, pupil and an AfA coach were due to be filmed as one of three studies selected from the original 15.

The filmed interviews will be shared nationally and presented to the Department for Education.

n Parent helpers were treated to a tea party at Great Whelnetham Primary.

They were served by pupils in Year 4.

Meanwhile, the school welcomed an array of animals including Meerkats, snakes, spiders and lizards.

They were brought in by The Animal Experience.

n Year 4 pupils at Thurston Primary also served tea and scones to thank the school’s helpers and volunteers for their time.

About 25 people attended and they enjoyed a piece of drama and dancing performed by the children.