Kevin’s a jelly good sport

Ellington First School doing their bit for Comic Relief with throwing jelly at the headteacher Kevin Vardy.
Ellington First School doing their bit for Comic Relief with throwing jelly at the headteacher Kevin Vardy.
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THERE were a fair few wobbles at Ellington’s Comic Relief celebrations as jelly took centre stage.

The messy mayhem at Ellington First School delighted pupils of all ages as they got the chance to throw jelly at their Headteacher Kevin Vardy.

But the fun did not end there as there were also jelly eating competitions, space hopper contests, skipping and juggling, as well as the opportunity to take part in making giant red noses.

A total of £470 was raised for the charity.

Mr Vardy said: “It was a really good day for the children — we have just about got the place clean again. There was jelly everywhere.

“We have got 200 children in school so the total raised is really good and we are pleased with that.

“We do something for Red Nose Day every year, which usually involves doing something horrible to the Head at some point during the day, but it’s great.

“I have to say the staff are absolutely fantastic and they all joined in, with every single one of them dressing up.

“They also took part in the jelly eating competition and Mrs Hope wiped the floor with them all. I have never seen anybody eat jelly like it.”

The school also took the opportunity to link the fund-raising with World Book Day, with children dressing up as their favourite book characters and volunteers from Ellington Library calling in to promote reading.

“We are having a joint initiative with the library and are trying to encourage more of our children to use the library,” said Mr Vardy.

“A couple of ladies from the community library came into school and judged the fancy dress competition.”