Nov 13, 2017





Vandyke’s annual Smile Week has once again proved a huge success. Sixth Form students planned and ran five days of fundraising events for Smile Malawi, a charity that supports orphaned and vulnerable children in Malawi.

Over the course of the week a series of fancy-dress themes inspired Sixth Formers to come to school in a range of weird and wonderful outfits: Willy Wonka, Sherlock Holmes (with Watson) and Tommy Cooper were among the characters to be seen walking the corridors every day. ‘When I grow up’ saw the school filled with doctors, nurses, policemen and soldiers, even a wannabe Mr Bodo!  ‘Around the World’ saw students in the traditional garb of many different countries including India, Mexico and Germany.

Sixth Form tutor group-led activities included cake sales, competitions and lunchtime events which were staged daily to sell-out audiences, such as Blind Date, Humanities vs English ‘Department (Family) Fortunes’, ‘I’m a teacher, get me out of here’ and many of the boys (even Mr Garbutt) endured the leg waxing event! The traditional Friday finale, Vandyke’s Got Talent, showcased the many talents of Vandyke’s rising stars.

Director of Sixth Form Mr Downey said: ‘I’m delighted by the efforts made by our Sixth Form to raise money  during this important week. They all worked incredibly hard to deliver some excellent fundraising events, and to make such a huge sum in a short period of time is an amazing achievement. Staff members were also extremely supportive. As ever, there was a really special atmosphere, with staff and students having fun together to raise money for a very important cause, whilst remaining focused on the important business of teaching and learning.  It was a truly great week.’

Thanks to their efforts and the support of staff and students from across the whole school, we are very proud to announce that the total raised so far is £3290 and we still have one more event to go… the traditional staff soccer match will be held on Tuesday 14th November, where we hope to see some more impressive goal-scoring by Mr Lee!




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