Darth Vader was among the characters prowling the corridors of Vandyke Upper School as the annual Smile Week once again proved to be a huge success.
Sixth form students planned and ran five days of fundraising events for Smile Malawi, a charity that supports orphaned and vulnerable children in the south east African country.
An impressive total of almost £2,700 was collected thanks to their efforts and the support of staff and students from across the school.
Over the course of the week a series of fancy-dress themes inspired sixth formers to come to school in a range of weird and wonderful outfits: Darth Vader, Harry Potter, and Henry VIII were among the characters to be seen walking the corridors, with Clare and Hollie of the sixth form team pulling out all the stops as usual in a different costume every day.
Sixth form tutor group-led activities included cake sales, competitions, and the traditional staff soccer match, which featured some particularly impressive goal-scoring by Mr Duffy. In the theatre, lunchtime events were staged daily to sell-out audiences, including I’m a Teacher, Get Me Out Of Here, Would I Lie To You? and the traditional Friday finale, Vandyke’s Got Talent, featuring the staff dance troupe’s interpretation of Uptown Funk.
Director of sixth form Mr Downey said: “I’m delighted by the efforts made by our sixth form to raise money during this important week.
“They all worked incredibly hard to deliver some excellent fundraising events, and to make such a huge sum in a short period of time is an amazing achievement.
“Staff members were also extremely supportive.
“As ever, there was a really special atmosphere, with staff and students having fun together to raise money for a very important cause, whilst remaining focused on the important business of teaching and learning.
“It was a truly great week.”