Northgate has a fantastic tradition of putting on charity events at school and supporting both local, regional and national charities. Over the year so far we have supported Children in Need, Dementia Friends, MIND, the Poppy Appeal, NSPCC and Childline, Book Aid, MacMillan Cancer support and Save the Children, raising just short of £3800!
The Social Team, part of our School Council are responsible for organising any charity events and are closely supported by Mr Oldfield, Miss Moore, Miss Hannant and Mr Emmerson. With this year’s Sport Relief they wanted to have fun with sport whilst raising awareness and money at the same time.
It just so happened with the poor weather we had that House matches had to be delayed and so took place during Sport Relief week. It was great to see lots of students getting involved in sport, participating and representing their House Teams as well as crowds of students cheering and supporting them. It meant that some of our fundraising activities carried over into the following week, however that did not dampen our spirits.
Throughout Sport Relief week we sold official Sport Relief wristbands and held a very popular bake sale, which raised £124 on its own. Some students even ventured out onto the side lines of the Year 10 + 11 rugby matches and sold some of the biscuits and cakes to the crowds! Students also had the opportunity to take part in ‘Just Dance’, beat the goalie (it’s always great fun to watch some of the teachers take their turn in goal) and zorb sumo – a new event for this year. On the Friday of Sport Relief, students and staff were encouraged to pay a £1 donation to wear a sports top supporting their favourite team, a top commemorating a sporting event eg the Olympics, Rugby World Cup etc or official Sport Relief clothing. There was a vast array of items worn including those supporting football, rugby and American football teams as well as those from sporting events. Many teachers wore their team’s shirts with pride (even if they did get a bit of stick from students who supported other teams!)
A huge thank you to the Social Team leaders, the Social Team and everyone who took part in events throughout the fundraising week. We are pleased to announce that £340.74 was raised for Sport Relief!