Derby Grammar School has had a Charities Week takeover this week. Morning assemblies, breaktime and lunchtime have been packed full of activities all to raise money for our Tanzania 2018 project. So far fundraising has been going very well, and we still have the two Snow White pantomime performances to go.

Charities Week is organised by the pupils to raise money for Gedeli B School in Mwanza. We have worked with them since 2013, raising money to support building and improvement projects for schoolchildren in this impoverished part of Tanzania. Every July, Sixth Form pupils travel to the school to work on development projects and teach the pupils.

To date over £71,000 has been raised which has built two toilet blocks, three classrooms and a special needs classroom. Funds have also enabled the installation of electricity and water, as well as the purchase of resources including desks, chairs and exercise books.

Activities this week to raise money have included pupils pitted against teachers in the Lip Sync Battle, the Jenga Challenge, a Doughnut Eating Competition and The Big Quiz. Other fundraising activities have included the cake stall, wet sponge stall, golf challenge, Wii and PS4 competitions, ‘Wear Your Team Shirt to School Day’ and ‘Non Uniform Day’. The Bungee Run has also been very popular. Today the Junior School are creating a copper trail from the lake to the back of the School.

Assembly this morning finished with Mrs Sly and Mrs Charnock thanking everyone for their support and involvement this week, especially Lower Sixth who have coordinated all of the activities over the week.

Following the Snow White panto production on Friday and Saturday night, the next fundraising event will be Jazz Night on 27 January.