St Wilfrid’s staff and students really raised the bar with fundraising at our annual St Wilfrid’s Day celebration on Friday 5th July raising more money than ever before for the Trevor Mann Neo Natal Hospital in Brighton and the Neo Natal Unit at Southampton Hospital.

Our annual event is a day where we celebrate our Patron Saint, taking a day off timetable to celebrate his life and our mission as a Catholic School Community. Our tutor groups choose, set up and run a stall/activity of their choice for their peers to pay for and enjoy!  This year we had great support from our parents who helped by either donating equipment for the day or by simply giving their son or daughter funds to spend on the day.

The day was truly exceptional from start to finish with the sun shining down on us.  The day started with a whole school mass in the school gym followed by the staff and students going out onto the school field to set up their stalls for the morning and with Mrs Sparks and Mrs Dawson compering the mornings events over the PA system.

We had and amazing array of stalls including the favourite Sponge the Teacher, Coconut Shy and Candyfloss stalls.  There was a first for St Wilfrid’s Day where we had a helicopter land on our school field.  The aircraft is owned by Chartered-A Ltd, a company owned by Melissa in Year 7.  7FC had an amazing opportunity of having the Helicopter as their fundraising stall where students could sit in the aircraft and have their picture taken.  The tutor group also ran a raffle for staff and students where two students and one staff member could win a trip in the Helicopter St Wilfrid’s Day.  The lucky students were Siobhan in Year 10 and Isabella in Year 7 along with Mr Radenhurst.  After all the stalls had been tided up and the field cleared Isabella, Siobhan and Mr Radenhurst boarded the Helicopter and took off to great whoops and cheers from the rest of the school.  They flew over Crawley and Gatwick where they landed at Redhill Aerodrome and were then chauffeur driven back to school to see the Talent Show.

Each student had brought in £2 to cover their Non Uniform and their ticket to St Wilfrid’s Got Talent and this total was added to the total they raised on their stall. All money raised by each stall was converted into House Points, going toward the House Champion announcement at the end of the day.

In the afternoon we had our ever popular St Wilfrid’s Got Talent Show which was run by our amazing Music Department. The calibre of the performances were outstanding with the inclusion of a staff band making the afternoon an enormous success. The judges this year were Mr Morris, Miss Huxford, Mr Snidle and special guest judge, Mr Ritchard Burrows from Barclays Bank.

After a short break, the whole school gathered in the school hall to hear the grand total raised along with Talent Show Results and the House Champions for 2013. Firstly Mr Morris revealed the results of the Talent Show, Roisin Cast took first place with her Irish Dancing, 2nd place went David Selby for his piano piece with third place going to the Year 10 Band.  Mr Morris then informed the school that they had managed to smash last years amazing total £1,925.81 by raising an outstanding £2,936.96!!!!  This year Barclay’s Bank had agreed to match fund some of the fundraising total bringing the St Wilfrid’s Day Total to a staggering £4,436.66 for the Neo Natal units in Brighton and Southampton!!!!

Talent Show Winner Roisin Cast

Finally it was time to announce the House Champions for 2013. Once again it was extremely close with the money raised by each house being turned into House Points for each house. Benedict House were named 2013 Champions receiving the trophy which will soon have their name engraved on the honours board displayed in Reception. All Benedict student are rewarded with a trip to Thorpe Park.

Benedict House Champions 2013