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Each year the parents and pupils at St. Margaret’s are exceptionally generous in their support for a myriad of charities, which include Red Nose Day, Sports Relief and many others.

Back in November 2016, following a school wide vote, the Green House Charity, Tusk, was chosen to be our school charity for the year (www.tusk.org). From then on, the Green House Captains, Miya and Muiris, worked hard to help put together our big charity day which took place during the last week of the Spring Term.
Our charity day this year started with a 5.5 mile walk to school by Miya and her friend, Shaun, together with their mums. Miya has set up a Just Giving page to raise funds for Tusk, and Deutsche Bank (where Miya’s mum works) have very generously offered to match whatever Miya raises. If you would like to donate please go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Tusk-Walk-on-the-wild-side. Muiris also organised a ‘walking bus’ to school for some of the other children which turned out to be a very popular experience.
At school we started the morning with a ‘treasure hunt’ to find golden tickets which were exchanged for toy elephants, one for each registration group. Well done to all of the lucky winners! This was followed by a ‘Wild Walk’ by everybody in Year 2 and above to the Gosfield Nature Reserve. Thanks to Becky, our school bus chaper-one, for helping to organise this for us as she is the warden there. Many of the staff who have been working at the school for a long time had no idea that Gosfield had such a wonderful, hidden, secret and I’m sure that we will be using the facility more often.
After lunch we held a fun filled sports afternoon. The weather was such an added bonus. Thanks to Mr Clark and Mrs Weaver for their work organising games for every year group.
To finish the day we had a draw to find the winning raffle tickets which you have generously supported. Tomas S-J in 3C was the lucky winner of the tickets to Colchester Zoo.
It was a joyful day, and to date we have raised around £2,000. Miya’s Just Giving page has so far had £605.00 worth of donations. We will continue to raise money through the Summer Term and will announce our final grand total later in the year.
Thank you once again for the incredible support and generosity you continue to show whenever we hold these events. The children really do gain so much from these experiences. Special thanks to Ms Raven and Mrs Telford for the hard work that they put in helping their children put such a fantastic day together.

Finally, a big thank you to all the staff for their help and enthusiasm and in particular to Mrs Moss for coordinating the day.

Callum Douglas, Headmaster