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St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School

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Zumba for Zambia

On 16th March children and staff joined together for an exciting day of fun to raise money for our Parish charity, Sepo.


There was an early morning frenzy and a buzz of excitement as Teaching Assistants raced to set up an array of class stalls before the first customers arrived at 9am.  The children loved the fun of the fair, hooking a duck, toy tombola and buying delicious cakes, to name but a few!


The fun continued at lunch time with children having their five minutes of fame in Year 5G’s ‘Pay to Perform’ live on stage in the playground.


After lunch the Zumba for Zambia event began, with Key Stage 1 enjoying a Zumba session, led by local Zumba instructor Sarah Croft.  Key Stage 2 then danced their way through routines choreographed by our own Mrs Atherton and the ‘Zumba Crew’.


The main event, our sponsored Waka Waka then began, with children, staff, governors and parents joining our friends at Bishop Parker School and St Monica’s School to dance ‘This Time for Africa’.  What an amazing sight!   The children dressed in the colours of the Zambian flag and performed a dance which they had been practising at school and at home.


We were lucky enough to have a surprise celebrity join us, former pupil, Brendan Galloway, who played football for MK Dons and now plays for Everton FC.  Brendan has fond memories of the school and insisted on visiting his old classroom!


Finally Brendan helped us by picking out the winning tickets in our Grand Draw.  The prizes were magnificent and were all donated by local businesses.


The event was a great success.  The raffle raised £1,807 for the Comboni Missionary Sisters’ Dream Project which sponsors children to go to school in Zambia.  Our sponsored event generated a further £6,339.23 which will go towards the building of classrooms at St Agatha’s School, Mongu, Zambia.


In total the Parish Lenten Appeal raised the fantastic sum of over £10,000.


An amazing achievement and a fantastic day!

Sepo 2016 - Zumba for Zambia

On Wednesday 16th March we will all take part in a sponsored Zumba event. Reception and Key Stage 1 children will have half an hour of Zumba with Sarah Croft, a qualified Zumba teacher and Key Stage 2 will have half an hour of Zumba with Mrs Atherton and guests! At the end, the whole school will come together to do the Waka Waka dance.


The link below shows the Waka Waka routine that we all need to learn. You have got half term and then three and a half weeks, so what are you waiting for? Get practising!