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School goes extra mile with fundraising sports week

By Harriet Evans | Wolverhampton | Education | Published:

A Wolverhampton primary school is going the extra mile during a week-long fundraising sport challenge.

Staff and children at St Peter and Paul Catholic Primary Academy are completing a week of sporting challenges. Nursery teaching assistant Debbie Visentin with her team doing a play dough disco

Pupils and staff at St Peter and Paul Catholic Primary Academy are taking on a number of different activities to raise cash to improve school facilities and create outdoor spaces for when learners return.

Challenges include: cycling 200km in seven days, cycling the distance from Wolverhampton to London, walking to climb the equivalent height of Mount Kilimanjaro, cycling the distance from Lands End to John O'Groats as a team and running marathons.

To launch the campaign on Monday, Blue Peter presenter Radzi Cimyanang visited pupils at the school and completed challenges against children, as well as hosting a Q&A and an interview with home learners through Zoom.

Principal Jenny Byrne, said: "Our aim is to motivate and inspire pupils in a positive way, uniting children back in school with those still learning at home.

"We know sport improves our mental health, mood and physical well-being and we love sport at St Peter and Paul so we decided to try and make the most out of National Sports week.

"Staff and children really are making the most extraordinary effort to do something positive and our campaign has gathered more and more momentum.

"We would like to see as many children in the city as possible getting involved and doing a personal sports challenge this week. Anyone can enter and be awarded with a St Peter and Paul 2020 medal designed by one of our pupils."

Jenny added: "Our Facebook page, school website and twitter all document our progress and efforts.

"We want to be forward thinking and will use the money we raise to help improve and update outdoor facilities to bring more pupils back to school and get them excited about being here."

To donate to the fundraiser visit the school's Spacehive website.

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at harriet.evans@expressandstar.co.uk

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