Diss Sixth Form Charity Week 1st-8th December 2017
In September 2017, the charities chosen by the Sixth Form committee for the whole school to support were ‘East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices’ and ‘Home-Start’.  A lot of the Autumn Term was then taken up with the planning and preparation of this major school event and, by the end of November, everything was ready. 

The week began on Friday 1st December when Year 7 students were invited to a very successful disco organised by BTEC Business students.  

The next day, Mr Budds, Mr Ollerton, Mr Benstead (and a dog called Archie!) walked the twenty-two miles between the site of the new EACH hospice (‘The Nook’) and Diss.  Many generous friends, relatives, colleagues and students sponsored them to do this and £1700 was raised.

At lunchtime on Monday, another Business BTEC group organised their own event; this time it was a Sponsored Fun Run, for younger pupils, complete with challenging obstacles to overcome.  Later that day, there was an extremely successful auction, run by the third BTEC group, which raised £1400 by selling items which had been kindly donated by parents, staff and local businesses. 
Throughout the week, Sixth Formers arrived at school in Fancy Dress; some keen students paid to come in different costumes every day!  On Friday, the rest of the school had their turn to be in non-school uniform. 

Each of the ten Sixth Form tutor groups was responsible for organising at least one event and there was a familiar blend of old favourites and new departures: Lunchtime shows such as a version of ‘Take Me Out’ and a Staff Karaoke were very well attended; meanwhile, cakes were sold at breaks and lunchtimes, next to ‘fairground’ stalls which offered students the chance to win prizes by making guesses about the number of sweets in a jar or the name of a teddy; others tested their skills knocking down a pyramid of tins with bean bags; Sixth Formers also organised a pool tournament and ‘dodge ball’ lunchtime; a hardy team of car washers braved the elements to transform ‘December dirty’ staff vehicles.          

On Tuesday evening, Ballantyne Hall was packed with teams who participated in a really enjoyable Quiz Night.  On Thursday, a ‘Battle of the Bands’ event, featuring students from Years 7 to 13, reminded everyone of the amazing quality of Diss High School’s singers and instrumentalists.    

Mr Budds, Director of Sixth Form, said, “This was a record-breaking year and I am so proud of everyone in our school community who gave both their time and money to help our two chosen charities continue their excellent work.”

A total of £6,600 was raised and cheques were presented to representatives of the two charities, in a special assembly on March 6th. 


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