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Good sports help provide better facilities

A summer fun day raised more than £8,000 to help improve school facilities.

Billingshurst Primary School’s sixth annual Summer Fun Day was a great boost before the holidays started.

In a summer of top level sport, from football in France to the Olympics in Rio, it hosted its own hotly contested sporting activities throughout the day and helped to raise more than £8,000 for the school.

Thanks to a packed programme of activities, the event remains the school’s biggest fundraising event, with staff, pupils and families working alongside local businesses to ensure the day is a success.

Whilst the usual fun day favourites continued to draw the crowds, from face painting to the BBQ, the Deputy/Head Teacher Bungee Run Challenge was one of the highlights of the day with Serena Nicholls, the Deputy Head, retaining her ‘gold medal’ position for the third year in a row.

Teachers from Year 2 added their own chapter to the European championship, with Greece taking on Spain on the Bungee course.

The “welly wanging” competition produced some outstanding results, highlighting some potential Olympians in the making; the winning throw from Key Stage 1 reached10.95m, with 16.08m from Key Stage 2, and a massive throw of 25.95m from the adult competition.

The school choir and country dancers entertained visitors in the display ring. Head teacher Helen Williamson said: ““We are very proud of the tradition of this fundraising event. Staff, pupils and parents all help in the lead-up and on the day which means everyone shares a real sense of pride in the outcome. Every penny raised goes back to the school, and this event in particular has enabled us to buy new outdoor equipment and fund the construction of a new outdoor classroom. Huge thanks go to our local business sponsors who continue to support us.”

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