Spots are the bear necessities for Bury pupils’ Children in Need efforts
It was easy to spot the youngsters involved in fund raising for the BBC’s annual Children in Need appeal.
This year’s appeal had a spotty theme, so many pupils went to school either wearing spotted clothes or with multi-coloured spots painted on their faces.
At Westgate Primary School in Bury St Edmunds the town’s MP Jo Churchill was almost the only person not wearing spots, but she was put on the spot by the pupils.
The children took time out from fund raising for a ‘mini Question Time’ when Mrs Churchill visited as part of Parliament Week, which is an effort to teach youngsters about democracy and the rule of law.
Years five and six pupils asked her opinion on a wide range of topics, including Brexit, the possible impact on the UK of a Donald Trump presidency and opinions of Theresa May.
Head Jim Cleaver said Mrs Churchill brought her role to life and the children found it ‘beneficial and interesting’.
At Ickworth Park Primary, in Horringer, even the staff went spotty, dressing up as dalmatians, while the pupils preferred to wear spots or dress as Pudsey, who also visited the school which raised £647.
The bear mascot went on to visit Sebert Wood Primary in Bury, where he found the spotty pupils taking part in various sports activities.
At Sexton’s Manor Primary in Bury, the theme was yellow and spots, though this was liberally interpreted with other bright colours and at least one teddy bear onsie.
While at Tollgate Primary they also chose the spotty theme, but at least one Pudsey came to school.
Bury’s Abbots Green Primary cleverly combined Children in Need with a road safety message. Instead of opting for spots or fancy dress they had a ‘Brightness Day’.
The school’s junior road safety officers (JRSO) Charlotte Moore, Evie Pratt, Alfie Singer and Maddi Hawkins invited pupils and staff to swap school uniforms and usual work clothes for bright or fluorescent clothing in return for Children in Need donations.
They also got the school kitchen to bake special biscuits in the shape of the JRSO’s logo ‘Horace the Hedgehog’.
Hardwick Primary in Bury went for fancy dress so Wonder Woman and Chewbacca joined the playground Pudseys.
Several schools allowed pupils to attend in ‘home clothes’ instead of uniform but at St Edmundsbury Primary they showed they knew how to accessorise by adding Pudsey ears to their non-uniform outfits.