Uni­form ap­proach to teach­ing

Teach­ers in school uni­forms as stu­dents go ca­sual.

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Áilín Quin­lan

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.

Pic­ture: De­nis Boyle

Teach­ers tak­ing part in the fundrais­ing uni­form day at Ban­don Gram­mar school for West Cork Rapid Re­sponse and Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis Ire­land.

Pic­ture: De­nis Boyle

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.

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