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RAG Week

6th Form rag week 2014 most successful to date, raising £2,100!

The last week of the Spring term is always incredibly busy for both staff and students at school – and it’s no doubt the case for our hard-working, busy parents, too! You’d be forgiven, therefore, for thinking that the annual 6th Form RAG Week would be a little short on support during such a hectic last week. In the event, we couldn’t have asked for more!

Despite the demands of such a busy week, students, parents and staff at Southborough High School once again pulled out all the stops to ensure that this year’s RAG Week resulted in one of the most successful on record, raising an incredible £2,000 for a number of charities close to the school’s heart, including the Star & Garter.  

RAG Week actually started a day early on the Friday before, when the all staff from the office and Finance department – ably led by Mrs Bell – hosted a fabulous 1940s themed ‘Right Royal Coffee Morning’ for Lower school students and staff , who thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful home-baked cakes and hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmellows! During lunch, Miss Brayne and Miss Pike hosted a highly entertaining Staff Spelling Bee competition, which the boys loved. Brave members from every department gamely took part, with Miss Banks beating Headteacher Mr Smith in the final, tense round to become our first Spelling Bee winner of 2014!

On the official Monday morning start to RAG Week, students across all year groups watched in amusement as 6th Formers performed the traditional ‘Fancy Dress Fun Run’ around the school grounds during lunch. Many younger students couldn’t help but run alongside the students as they weaved their way through the playground, canteen and corridors, collecting money for charity.

Thanks to the amazing generosity of our parents, students and staff who baked and brought in the most delicious cakes ever each morning, our daily cakes sales collectively raised over £300 – a wonderful contribution to our fund-raising!

Mr Iles and Mrs Drinkwater’s Bingo Bonanza with the entire Year 7 cohort (along with their very supportive teachers and assistants) proved to be a real hit and the Southborough Sochi Mini Olympics event on the Wednesday– run by Mr Sanders – engaged not just the students but many staff including Mr Burns, Mr Botha, Mrs Clements, Mrs and Miss Drinkwater and even Mr McMillan!(who couldn’t walk properly for the remainder of the day!)

Mr Swinchin Rew boosted RAG Week funds by publicly having his beard shaved off in front of a baying crowd of students eager to upload the footage onto Youtube and Mr Scales organised a highly popular after school football match between staff and 6th Formers (with Headteacher Mr Smith refereeing) to bolster the coffers further.

The Royal Variety Performance during Thursday’s lunchtime saw the majestic Queen (Mrs Furminger) and Prince Phillip (Mr Edwards) attend a show hosted by Southborough’s own Tess Daly and Vernon Kay, Mrs Taylor and Mr Burns. Mr Melhuish and Year 11 student Tahir Rehman (11AGR) delivered a superb magic act to the huge audience, followed by Mr Sanders, Mr Botha and Mr Neal, who did their best boy band tribute act. Ending the show on a particularly ‘Happy’ note was our very own Dancing Queen  Pastoral Officers, Mrs Clements and Miss and Mrs Drinkwater.

To the utter amusement of our students, Friday morning witnessed a bizarre ‘identity swap’ between a number of popular ‘department pairs’ including  Mr Melhuish & Miss King, Miss Gratton & Mr Duke, and Miss Mosely & Mr Botha, with hilarious consequences.(Miss Mosely’s ‘South Afrikaa’ accent  and Miss Gratton’s stubble both warrant a particular mention!)

The week ended on a successful (but rather cold and wet) note for some when a number of very brave members of staff  - including Headteacher Mr Smith, Mr Sanders, Mr Botha, Mr Swinchin- Rew, Mr Jordan and Mr Crooks  - bravely volunteered to be ‘sponged’  by a huge horde of eager boys, willing to pay the going rate to do so!

Our highly supportive F.O.S. H team not only contributed money and prizes to RAG Week, but they also gave up their own time to sell ice lollies during a number of key events.

In all, the students seemed to love the shows, the dressing up and the general fun and excitement of the week’s itinerary – and they especially loved the cakes that you baked and donated each morning!

On behalf of the 6th Form RAG Week team, we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported our RAG Week activities. In particular, though, we’d like to thank the parents/guardians of our students SO much for ensuring that our boys came in with extra pocket money each day in order to fully enjoy and support the fund-raising events throughout the week.

It just goes to show what a kind, generous and thoroughly ‘good’ community of students, parents and staff we have here at Southborough. You did our school proud and ensured that we raised the most money EVER for charity in our five year history of RAG Week.

The 6th Form RAG Week Team

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