Westhill raises £12k

A Donside academy was awash with a rather unusual uniform on this year’s Red Nose Day, as pupils and staff did something funny for money.

Westhill Academy held a circus themed day with the slogan ‘Funfair not Unfair’ which saw tigers, bearded ladies and other weird and wonderful circus acts roaming the school. On March 18, the school held a funfair, with a countless amount of stalls, and a raffle to win a brand new iPod. The pupils also got the opportunity to see fellow classmates get gunged and the school’s talented Rock Challenge team performed their fantastic dance routine which gained them first place earlier this year. Throughout the week leading up to RND, there were other fundraising events which took place, including teachers v pupils Stars in their Eyes, which saw the classic duo Sonny and Cher being performed by headteacher Derek Thompson and depute head Allen Williamson.

Westhill Academy’s English teacher and organiser of the week’s activities, John Duncan, hailed the fundraiser a great success.

He said: “Following the success of previous fundraising events that the school has held we couldn’t wait to hold another charity event. We set ourselves a target of £10,000 and we excelled ourselves and raised an outstanding £13,000.

“All money raised is being used to make a difference where it really counts and the pupils put in so much effort to making sure they could raise money as much as possible.”

The school gained sponsorship from local companies SFK, ICS, McLeod & Aitken and Kudos IFS who helped to make the weeks events possible.