SEWING machines and camping stoves were just some of the equipment bought by a Durrington school thanks to the fund-raising efforts of its parents and staff.
Members of the Durrington High School Fund Raisers held a host of events last year, resulting in £2,000 being made available to departments at the school in The Boulevard, to help them purchase vital equipment.
Karen Purser, business and community manager, said: “Our dedicated team of fund raisers had a very successful year last year, so it was possible to provide extra resources to provide extra curricular activities in a fun and learning environment they wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise.”
Departments could apply for £500 each. The textiles department was one of the successful departments having bid for the money to buy new sewing machines and textile scissors.
Teacher Steve Bloomer said: “There has been an increase in the number of year 10 students choosing to do textiles as a GCSE, with three classes this year, so the extra machines will be invaluable in helping students develop their skills and techniques.”
With the support of teacher Chris Davis, around 30 students at the school take part in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. They money has enabled Mr Davis to purchase tents and camping stoves to support their work.
He said: “The Duke of Edinburgh gives students valuable out of classroom experiences and the chance to take part in activities they might not necessarily get the opportunity to. We are very grateful for the money.”
The careers department also received money to buy ICT equipment and other resources. The other departments have yet to be decided.
The first fund-raising event of this academic year will be a car boot sale at the school at 1pm on Saturday, September 22. Contact Karen Purser on 01903 705605 to book a place.
Money raised this year will go towards buying new musical instruments, supporting 100 dance and drama students taking part in Rock Challenge and to help the Learning Support Department refurbish the school pond.