Australia Day celebrations at Solihull school raise £200 for bushfire appeal - The Solihull Observer

Australia Day celebrations at Solihull school raise £200 for bushfire appeal

Solihull Editorial 31st Jan, 2020 Updated: 31st Jan, 2020   0

AN AUSTRALIA Day at a Solihull junior school has raised more than £200 towards the Australian bushfires relief appeal.

Pupils were invited to make a £1 donation in exchange for coming into school dressed in the colours from the Australian flag or with an Australian theme.

Head teacher Mark Knowles, of Coppice junior school, said: “It was a resounding success and for a small school it was a great sum to raise. What I am most proud of is that it was all the children’s idea.

“We are a very animal friendly school – we have guinea pigs and stick insects – and when our Year 6 pupils saw in the media what was happening to the wildlife they were very upset.

“We had a fair few cork hat, animal-themed onesies and some of our children in Year 3 came in dressing gowns and PJs because they said ‘everyone in Australia is asleep’!

“I went on an educational trip to Australia a few years ago and brought a didgeridoo into school, which I attempted to play.”

Moved by the dramatic television pictures showing widespread destruction, serious damage to the environment and the loss of people’s homes, the idea came from Year 6 pupils who asked the head for permission for a non-uniform day. The idea evolved as it was Australia Day on Sunday January 26.


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