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Kings' Students Throwback Theme for 2018 Charities Week

30th October, 2018 by Jude Owens

The fun fundraising continued in the last week of this half term at The Kings of Wessex Academy, with the 2018 Charities Week on the theme of “Throwback”; looking back over the years of showbiz, to raise money for the three charities chosen by the Senior Student Team: SUDEP, Bristol Children’s Hospital, and Avalon Camps.

The events at breaktime and lunchtime made it a memorable week, starting on Monday with Kings’ favourite, waxing and shaving; after which some volunteer students left the Main Hall lighter on top and some brave boys ventured into the world of beauty and had their armpits and legs waxed (ouch!). At lunchtime the Raven event saw intrepid warrior pairs wage war with battle beams and the audience watched compelling battles as brother and sister duo James and Jennifer Hughes, father and son Chief Operations Officer Mr Perry and son Sam, Teacher of P.E. Miss Manley and Teacher of Physics Mr Smith all battled it out in closely fought encounters, amongst others.

On Tuesday breaktime for Big Cook Little Cook, daring contestants with a strong constitution tucked into cunning concoctions as the audience watched agog, glad that they were not the ones dining at the top table that day. Teacher of Geography's Mr Putman and students feasted on a revolting mixture of gherkins and pickled onions, Angel Delight (a definite throwback to the 70’s childhood for some observing members of staff), frankfurter sausage, cabbage, rice pudding, sardines, horseradish - glued together with what could and should have been tasty British staples - mashed potatoes and baked beans. Great British Menu it was not. At lunchtime, Cilla Black made a come-back for Blind Date with the usual recipe of boy choosing girl based on their answers to his testing (and teasing) questions. What were their best features? What book character would they be? What is their secret skill...?

On Wednesday, there was mess and mayhem for another Kings favourite, Gunging; when the highest bidder got to gunge students and two Maths teachers; all bracing themselves before being coated in the revolting mixture of spaghetti, baked beans, mushy peas, flour, gherkins, custard and again, Angel Delight. Worthy of a Roald Dahl story. Showers were a definite must that morning! The Black Market at lunchtime was time for everyone to get involved outside in the autumnal sunshine when Tutor Groups set up their stalls to raise money. An abundance of cakes, hot chocolate, pick and mix, and guess the number of sweeties in the jar, also guess the weight of the sweets inside and of the pumpkin; along with many other inventive stall ideas, including water balloon bombing Science Teachers Mrs Riddick and Mrs Tincknell; and Mrs Armitstead, Mr Cammish and Mr Smith also got a soaking with water sponges. Face painting, a tombola, funky photo frame, guess the name of Mrs Read’s teddy, the cracker crazy challenge, Stroke Scally (Head Girl, Lucy's dog!), a private disco and many more.

Top of the Pops on Thursday breaktime was time for crooning with the popular Lip Sync as teachers rivalled each other on stage. Teachers of Science and fellow Welsh compatriots Mrs Blower and Mrs Riddick, Teachers of English Mrs Anderson against Miss Badman, before voting by the audience. But the highlight was Teacher of Maths Mr Wall against Executive Headteacher Mr Ball as would-be Tom Jones lip syncing “Delilah,” as the crowd swayed and sang along in the aisles. At lunchtime students gave their cash at the Throwback Auction, bidding for pickled eggs, a Tuckers fish and chips supper voucher, Kings Fitness and Leisure gym membership and many other goodies. The big auction earner was some specially designed limited edition Mr Ball merchandise - t-shirts, hoodie and bags that caused a bidding frenzy and boosted the fundraising.

But the grande finale and highlight of the week was the all-time Kings’ favourite, Rock and Roll Years– the concert to beat all concerts! Before Charities Week, when the Senior Team were interviewed by The Kings and Queens News Team, this was the event they were building up to and to which they were most looking forward and predicted to be “exhilarating.” They were not wrong. 11 acts of music and dance that raised the roof and had the audience chanting and cheering that resonated across Cheddar. Guitarist Aiden Malik’s satirical “Walking in Weston,” the Year 13 boys band cover of Oasis’s “Look Back in Anger,” and The Psychedelic Pythons rocked to “Stacy's Mum.” Beautiful solos of “Human” by Amelia Ford; Sophie Gardner’s “Hideaway” and Alice Cotton’s moving rendition of “Listen.” The Sixth Form Girls’ and Boys’ group dances displayed cunning choreography, as did Hebe Littlewood’s elegant dance to “Read All About It.” Staff also strutted their stuff with Head of House Mrs Lowis “and the girls” showing their moves; whilst the Science Department did some stylish wiggling to Abba’s Super Trouper – before the Senior Student Team took to the stage as the last act.

Commenting on 2018 Charities Week, the Senior Student Team led by Head Boy and Girl Sam Kail-Dyke and Lucy Bishop (AKA Austin Powers and Vicky Pollard for the week) said:

“We are so pleased that this year’s Charities Week was such a success and hope that it will be remembered as a fabulous week of fundraising for our nominated charities. We thank everyone who participated and gave money and donations, and who helped us put on the week. Especially Head of Sixth Form Miss Hopwood, the Caretakers Mr Morgan and Mr Tupper and the Tech Team Matt Chillingworth, James and Matt Boston, Bradley Loveridge, and Isaac Renton.”

As to advice for next year’s team. The Senior Team advise their aspiring successors - who were doubtless watching closely last week – to start planning early and also to allocate jobs early, to work on the hype for the week and to design attention-grabbing posters. Canny.

The students also wish to thank Kings’ staff, parents for their support and all members of the community who donated raffle prizes including: Cheddar Cheese Factory, Thatchers, Somerset Railway, Cafe Gorge, Hollyhouse Tearoom, Winscombe Fish Bar, Mendip Ski Centre, Wells Film Centre, Old Rowlands Gift and Christmas Shop, Extra Mile Printing and Embroidery, Muchelney Pottery, Hollywood Bowl, Nandos, Pizza Express and Vue Cinema. Everyone!