Freaky Friday comes to Suffolk

IT WASN'T so much Saturday Night Fever as Freaky Friday when students and teachers from a Suffolk school dressed up 1970s style to raise money to help save acres of rainforest.

IT WASN'T so much Saturday Night Fever as Freaky Friday when students and teachers from a Suffolk school dressed up 1970s style to raise money to help save acres of rainforest.

The 1970s themed non-uniform day saw a John Travolta making an appearance and staff wearing tight fitting and glittery outfits from the decade that taste forgot.

Students were keen to celebrate the era known for its mini dresses, hot pants and maxi and platform-soled shoes yesterday.

And with some of the most beautiful natural habitats at risk in Ecuador, the youngsters hope to raise funds for 30 acres of rainforest in the area.

Karen Grimes, headteacher who managed to avoid dressing up because she had a meeting to attend, said: “This is part of our anniversary celebrations, celebrating the school's 30th anniversary of opening.

“The youngsters have risen to the occasion, considering temperatures are lose to sub-zero outside, they have done amazingly well.

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“There is a wonderful atmosphere in school and the money raised from the non-uniform day is going to a good cause. The staff are taking part too and are wearing very clinging and glittery outfits.”

A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Council, the education authority, said: “The significance of the thirty acres and the 70's theme is to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the school.”

Staff and students are also buying 30 saplings which will grow into beautiful trees on site, having a birthday cake baked and an open afternoon inviting former staff and students back to see the changes through the years.

In Ecuador there are grave concerns for natural habitat, not least for the Andean Cloud Forests which are in grave danger from the constant threat of logging, mining and farming.

As a habitat, they are home to an incredible range of animals including jaguars, spectacled bears and many rare birds, but the relentless pace and scale of destruction is edging these animals towards extinction.

Stowupland High School has 700 students aged from 13 to 18-years-old from the community near Stowmarket, and neighbouring villages.

Icons of the 70s:

Platform shoes.

White suits.

“Afro” hair.

Crushed velvet shirts.

Massive shades.

And at the end of the decade the punk revolution turned fashion on its head!