Mar Azul - Children In Need
Gemma Quinn / 2005-06-30 13:55:54
€ 1,370 was raised by the Mar Azul bi-lingual school in Torrevieja for 'Children In Need'. Children raised the money through doing a sponsored silence, paying a euro to arrive in fancy dress with parents also paying to join the party. Highlight of the day was a Pudsey Bear cake kindly made by parent Philip Byford which was raffled for €50.
In the nursery and pre-school, fairies and kittens were enjoying an afternoon of games and party food with a cuddly small Pudsey Bear the main attraction.
Across the road at the primary school fairy tale characters and super heroes were having their own party playing musical statues and practicing their dance routines for the Christmas production of 'Grease'. Currencies Direct in Torrevieja has sponsored the nursery school with 6000€ to be ploughed into the school, and a member of staff arrived as Spiderman to be guest of honour and chatted to other 'spider men.'
Owner of the school Rachel Pestell took on the guise of Harry Potter as she went from classroom to classroom welcoming parents and chatting to staff. "It's a chance for parents, kids and teachers to get together and have some fun." Whilst there was plenty of fun being had Rachel said it was also important for the older children to learn about Children In Need and why they were raising money. "It's important that they learn there are kids who are not as lucky or fortunate as themselves."
The school has been opened nearly three years and teaches around 160 children up to the ages of 12. With 21 staff, the school, which is in the process of being recognised and passed to the standards of the National Association of British Schools in Spain, follows the British curriculum but uses a strong Spanish influence. Rachel has a background of social working but says all her staff are fully qualified in teaching or nursery care.
The school is operating near to full capacity and are looking for another sponsor to enable them to be able to purchase a school mini bus.