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Model pupils help church

COLOUR bingo and a cool clothes day were among the ways Rose Green pupils helped a church.


The imaginative ideas enabled the children at Rose Green Junior School to meet their challenge to raise £300 for new tiles for St Thomas a’Becket Church.


The church’s vicar, the Rev Mark Eminson, took along the model of the building he used in the last Pagham Pram Race when he was presented with the cheque, pictured above, with some of the children.


It has been put towards the church’s £250,000 Raise the Roof appeal to buy new tiles to replace the present worn-out roof covering.


The donations for each roof tile are going to be recorded in a book of memories at the church.


Julie Holloway, the school’s headteacher, said: “It will be nice for the children to bring their children to the church and find the record of their class donating the tiles for the Raise the Roof project.”


The children visit the 12th century church – in Church Lane in Pagham – in Year One Religious Education curriculum and the Year Two children take part in a Christmas carol service each December.


This link prompted their teachers to challenge each class to raise enough money for three of the tiles at £10 each.


Their ideas also included a sponsored run, a games afternoon and a tea party.


The tile-buying initiative followed a similar project last year where each class thought of their own way to raise money to buy a goat for a family in a Third World country.


The children learned about the difference owning a goat would make to the families. This inspired them to think of great ways to fundraise.


Particularly popular was finding out how the goat manure would help the families to grow crops.


The information spurred them to make enough money for 31 goats to take them well past their original target of ten of the animals.


More fundraising schemes will take place at the Hawkins Close school after the children have been prompted to think of how to make as much money as possible for various good causes.


Deputy headteacher Caroline Sugden said: “This has given the children more ownership of the fundraising projects.


“The children have been really inspired and motivated due to the fact they have a clear idea of what they are fundraising for and a clear purpose to it.”


All the children at the school have a voice and are part of the school council. Each class has a class council which discusses school projects.


A ‘Linking Voice’ from those meetings reports back to Mrs Sugden in fortnightly ‘Linking Voice’ meetings.


The church’s next appeal event will be its summer fair from midday-3pm on July 15 at Pagham Village Hall. A dog show will take place from 1pm-3pm.

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