The Marches School hails Virtual Fete a great success

Every year students and staff at The Marches School work incredibly hard to raise money for a chosen charity in order to support the local community. This year the school is supporting Ethos Oswestry; a charity which provides adapted, short-term accommodation and advocacy support for people with life-changing physical disabilities. They also assist in the search for suitable, long-term homes with an aim to have everyone learning to laugh, to work and to make new friends. In order to raise as much money as possible for the charity during these pandemic times, the school decided to host a Virtual Fete.

The online fundraising event took place over the course of the 8th February week and proved incredibly popular with over 350 of the students attending. For a donation towards Ethos, students were given access to the fete where they could take part in a whole host of fun activities, games and challenges. These ranged from a virtual pet show; to art, sport, cooking and even TikTok challenges. Students also had the opportunity to watch a music concert, take part in the ol’ fete classic ‘guess how many sweets are in the jar’ game, go on a virtual treasure hunt and had access to several streamed events put on by subject departments. Over the course of the week attendees also had the chance to vote in the much anticipated ‘Teacher Torment’ activity, to decide which teacher they wanted to see custard pied! This came to a head on the final day of the fete where students witnessed the conclusion of the #VoteMrRobinson or #VoteMrPritchard campaigns. Mr Pritchard was declared the runaway winner; however, Mr Robinson also received a custard pie! During the outdoor reveal assembly the children of keyworkers who were in school sat in their year group bubbles, whilst the event was streamed live for students home learning. In case you missed it, the conclusion to the ‘Teacher Torment’ vote can be seen below:

The school were incredibly grateful to be supported by a number of local organisations, namely: Colour SuppliesOswestry LifeSBC TrainingNorth Shropshire CollegeAico, R Bladen & Sons, Oswestry TandooriTNSFCPetWorldThe Charlotte Hartey FoundationChester UniversityGlyndwr UniversityMorisonsSainsburys, The Candy ManRam LeisureHughes Scaffolding Contractors LTDEverglades luxury Residence, BTNow Group and Jewson. Some of the kindly supplied sponsorship went towards prizes which students had the opportunity to win. Pictured is Lily Reeves who was a very successful winner of numerous events. All entries also went into a raffle to win a fabulous brand-new bike kindly donated by Colour Supplies – Lucy Jermaine-Jones was the lucky recipient of this star prize.

Student Lily Reeves was one of the stars of the virtual fete - she won numerous events.

Student Lucy Jermaine-Jones won the big raffle for the brand new bike.

Associate Assistant Headteacher at The Marches School, Dan Pritchard said: “We are really proud to share that as a school community we have raised £2,196 for Ethos Oswestry, which we hope will help support the remarkable work that the charity does. We are incredibly pleased with the success of the event; it was important to us that our students had fun in a safe covid secure way, whilst also raising as much money as a school in the process for Ethos. We would like to give a big thank you to all our students, families and staff who generously donated to the cause. We are also thankful to have had the support of numerous incredible local organisations who have kindly gifted prizes or funds towards the event.”

Chief Executive of Ethos, Fae Dromgool said: “We are extremely grateful to The Marches School for supporting our charity this year. The work we do means people with life-changing injuries and illnesses can get back to an independent life and it’s wonderful to have that recognised by our local school. We’ve been so impressed by the staff and pupils in finding such an innovative way to have lots of fun as well as raising funds. We are currently appealing for money to buy six new turning beds which will help our clients with severely restricted mobility avoid pressure ulcers. The success of the Virtual Fete will go a long way to helping us achieve our target.”


To find out more about the great work that Ethos do, please visit their website – 

If you would like to find out more about the build up of this event please click here.

Posted by marchesadmin on 3rd March 2021, under Marches

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