9H chose once again to host a St. Patrick’s Day themed bake sale. Encouraged by their ‘Irish and proud’ form tutor, Mr Lane, the girls made massive efforts to live up to the brief, baking ‘gold-at-the-end-of-the-rainbow’ cakes and decorating bakes with Irish flags. There was even a ‘Leprechaun Lotto’, full of green and gold prizes and treats.
Having fun and eating cake is just one of the ways in which students from 9H have raised money for worthy causes. They have chosen two charities with a personal connection to the form.
Wildlives is a charity which rescues and treats animals before releasing them back into the wild. 9H selected this charity because of its locality and because students feel strongly about animal well-being. It was Wildlives which rescued an unfortunate sparrowhawk, which was injured and found on the school premises: Mr Lane suggested the charity to the class in the hope they would support it.
9H’s second choice of charity is the Colchester branch of mental-health charity Mind. Year 9 believe mental health is a critical issue and awareness about it should be encouraged rather than repressed. Having supported the charity for many years and in a number of ways, 9H has personal attachment to the charity and will donate the half of the profits of their bake sale to it.
Students from all year groups enjoyed today’s bake sale. Irish student Katherine said the atmosphere was “lively, fun and full of Irish cheer!” Irish music filled the hall as excitable students bought cake after cake. Year 9 student Alice, who sampled many delicacies, said “the cakes both look - and are - tasty!”
The form group were ecstatic at the event’s success, with Luna describing it as “spiffing and superb”. The total profit was yet to be calculated as we went to press, but with such a high turnout it is hoped that 9H will have raised an impressive amount for two very worthy causes.
Members of 9H prepare to sell their bakes (photo by Mia)
Year 9 student Daisy enjoys her purchases (photo by Mia)