Vandyke Smile after a great week

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Yet another wildly successful Smile Week took place, with Vandyke’s sixth form once again at the helm of a whacky week’s fundraising for Smile Malawi, a charity that supports orphaned and vulnerable children in Malawi.

Thanks to excellent organisation by the sixth form student team, and sterling support from the rest of Years 12 and 13 as well as many members of staff, an impressive total of £3,100 was made.

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 : Ninjas, Teletubbies, Thunderbirds and cross-dressing nuns were among those who walked the corridors, and as is their custom, Clare and Hollie of the sixth form team pulled out all the stops with a different costume every day. A series of tutor group-led events including the ever-popular Krispy Kreme doughnut sales and the now traditional staff soccer match helped boost the coffers significantly, whilst lunchtime events staged daily in the theatre pulled in full audiences and helped create a buzzing atmosphere across the school.

Few will forget the sight of Miss Davies and Miss Pettit twerking in the Couples Championship, of Mrs Quinn and Mr Cooksey going head to head in Battle of the Sexes, and of Misters Duffy and Turney break dancing in the week’s undisputed grand finale: the staff dance troupe’s unique interpretation of Soulja Boy’s Crank That, in the Vandyke’s Got Talent competition.

Director of Sixth Form, Sean Downey said: “I’m proud and delighted by their efforts. 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.