Zombie fun runs and dance competitions at schools for Sport Relief 2016

Manningtree High School Sport Relief mile.

Manningtree High School Sport Relief mile.

Hundreds of children have enjoyed Sport Relief events at schools across the region today.

Samuel Ward Academy held a zombie fun run as part of their Sport Relief activities. The entire school took part in the mile-run, at different parts of the day, but it was with a difference with two members of the PE staff dressed as zombies and chasing them.

Rob Thompson, head of PE at Samuel Ward Academy, said: “We wanted to base our Sports Relief events around the theme of compassion and charity-giving.

“We wanted to do something a bit different so we organised a zombie fun run. The students really got into the spirit of it.”

At Westfield Primary Academy, children took part in a ‘Wake and Shake’ dance activity on the playground.

Meanwhile, children are taking part in a bucket challenge all day at Halifax Primary School - seeing how many balls they can throw into a bucket in aid of Sports Relief.

At Felixstowe Academy, 50 determined students stepped up to the plate to become Sports Relief Champions – taking part in a 24-hour Sportathon.

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The students from all year groups joined staff in shifts on four Watt bikes with the settings on the bikes getting gradually tougher based on the amount raised every hour, while other students tracked the distance achieved in a bid to break the record for a 24 hour period.

Youngsters also took part in skating, karate, indoor curling, zumba, boccia, and king ball, while the late sessions featured a slower pace with darts, Wii sports and FIFA 2016.

At Middleton Primary, youngsters took part in a Sports Relief run on the school playing field while villagers were invited to watch and spend their money at a bake sale organised by the parent teacher association.

Around 750 staff and pupils took part in a Sport Relief mile at Manningtree High School, including some under-fours from a nearby nursery.

In total more than £700 was raised for charity, while prizes were awarded to the winning boy Sam Gardiner, in year ten, and first girl Ruby Kilden from year seven.

A mass start was held, and even headteacher Sally Morris got involved, with the participants wearing sports kit as part of a fundraising non-uniform day.

Martin Page, assistant headteacher, said: “The whole school turned out, with even those who were injured walking round.

“This is something we do every time, and have raised a lot of money for over the past few years.

“There was a real buzz at the start, everyone was keen to get involved, and the exercise helped around the school with everyone really focused in lessons during the afternoon.

“It was very well received and supported by staff and parents too.”

Year 6 pupils at St Joseph’s College in Ipswich organised a day of activities for the younger classes to help raise money.

The senior school pupils took on a ‘rackethon’ in aid of Sports Relief, which included games of squash, badminton and table tennis.

Cakes were sold during the day and children gave a donation to come into school in their sportswear.

Principal Danielle Clarke said: ”As usual, the whole college has gone all out to raise funds for Sport Relief and it has been a pleasure to see the effort and imagination behind the various games and activities generating donations.

“St Joseph’s confidently expects to raise well over £1,000 on the day.”

Youngsters at Ipswich’s Hillside Primary School took on a challenge to see how far across the globe they could travel in their PE lessons this week.

Each year group throughout the school was asked to run, skip, hop, dribble, run or jump around the 120 metre track as many times as they could.

By the afternoon, the pupils had collectively travelled a total of 682 miles – making it into Poland.

PE instructor Marcus Garnham said: “The children loved it.”

At St Mary’s Primary School in Hadleigh more the entire roster of 171 pupils completed a Sport Relief Mile.

Younger children spread the distance out over the course of a week with older children completing it all on Friday.

Some even went further and ran up to five miles.

In total the school raised £131.51 for Sport Relief, with children also allowed to wear casual sports clothing to school instead of a uniform as part of the day’s activities.

Sudbury primary school students from St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School and Tudor Primary School joined Ormiston Sudbury students for a Sport Relief mile. Final figure yet to be confirmed but they’ve certainly raised at least £600.

Chris Heath, school games organiser at Ormiston Sudbury Academy, said: “It went really well. We had all the students from Ormiston taking part so there were about 1,000 of them and about 350 primary school students. It was a really great afternoon. The primary school kids in particular loved it because it’s a little bit different for them.

“The secondary school kids puffed their way and moaned a bit but they enjoyed it really. We’ve done it before, a couple of years ago before I joined the school. This is certainly the biggest it’s been. It’s the first time we’ve invited the primary school kids along.”