Uniform approach to teaching
Teachers in school uniforms as students go casual.
One West Cork school had a topsy-turvy day recently — the teachers arrived in class wearing uniforms, while students eschewed the official uniform in favour of casual day-wear.
It was all part of a carefully planned three-pronged charity fund-raiser at Bandon Grammar School — and one which will live long in the memories of students and teachers alike.
In all, the school’s 670 students had planned to raise around €4,000 for charity. However, support for the three events was so strong that between them, students and staff surpassed the target, in the end raising around €5,000 with a range of highly entertaining and successful initiatives.
One of the most original and certainly the most popular — a plot to have the teachers at Bandon Grammar School wear pupils’ uniforms all day — turned out to be very successful.
The organisers had originally hoped that pupils would throw their strong support behind this €500 charity fundraiser. Once the €500 target was reached — and a special ‘fund-raising graph’ was installed in the school canteen showing how much was being raised — teachers were ob- liged to don the school uniform for the day.
However, pupils of all ages were so excited about the prospect of seeing their teachers walking around in the Bandon Grammar ensemble, that they really put their shoulders to the wheel, eventually raising a whopping €750.
The initiative was the first of three fund-raisers organised by students in the school’s Transition Year Environmental Science Class - a hugely successful raffle with prizes donated by local businesses raised a further €3,000 while another €1,200 was raised through students paying €2 each to wear casual clothes to school on the day.
“Many businesses came to us offering to donate to the raffle. The causes were very good causes, but the business people of Bandon were fantastically generous in their donations,” declared delighted teacher Helen Redmond, who is the school’s Geography, Maths and Environmental Studies teacher. The phenomenally successful day, which aimed to raise in the region of €4,000 for West Cork Rapid Response and Cystic Fibrosis Ireland saw students and staff triumphantly surpass their stated target by about €1,000.
Teachers taking part in the fundraising uniform day at Bandon Grammar school for West Cork Rapid Response and Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.
Ms Deirdre Deasy, Ms Aoife Roche, Ms Eimear Butler, and Ms Rosie Devoy-Pullin taking part in the fundraiser.
Ms Sile Forrest, Mr Mark Sugrue, and Ms Suzanne Crowley.
Ms Eimear O’Regan, Mr Padraig Twomey, and Ms Siobhan Ni Loingsigh.