Thatcham Park School rolls up for big top challenge
THATCHAM Park pupils rolled up for fun and "bounced back with happiness" in their Big Top Challenge last week.
Children completed sponsored laps of the field in their school bubbles tackling an inflatable obstacle course and games along the way - all dressed in colourful or circus clothing in the warm weather last Wednesday.
Money raised from the event will be put towards an outdoor classroom to allow children to learn in the fresh air and also to replace a stepping stone trail.
Chairman of the school's parent teacher and friend's association (PTFA), Mandy Harris, who was dressed in a clown outfit, said: "Our main thing was to let the kids have some fun because they have had a rough couple of years, bless them. They all had such a laugh and it was just nice to see all the children smiling and giggling. We had such kind support from the volunteers we had in school."
Children enjoyed water spraying their teachers, and ice lollies donated by Thatcham Waitrose and Tesco stores on the A4 and Pinchington Lane, along with other snacks for staff.
Headteacher Alison Webster said: "Whilst the pandemic has meant Thatcham Park's usual events haven't taken place, as a school community, in partnership with our PTFA and parishes, we have focussed on ensuring fun and enjoyment by 'doing things differently'.
"It is thanks to the efforts, time and dogged determination of our wonderful PTFA that all children across the school were able to take part, in their 'bubbles', and engage in this sponsored event - dressed in bright colours. The children aged 3-11 tackled various physical obstacles around the circuit on the field, the highlight being an inflatable slide. There was also the added fun of dodging the water sprays!
"Fun, laughter, enjoyment, beaming faces, screams and shouts of joy permeated throughout the day-long event supported by a band of socially distanced Thatcham Park PTFA volunteers, all suitably attired in circus themed costumes; without them this just would not have been possible. Our aim was to 'bounce back with happiness' and we achieved it by the bucketload."
People still wanting to donate to the project can contact the school reception.