Belmont House School Shows Its Spots for Pudsey

23rd of November, 2011 Bookmark and Share
Pupils, staff and parents at Belmont House School shattered the fundraising records of previous years for the Children in Need appeal, raising £2,764 in total. This represents a £1,000 increase from last year; an outstanding effort from a school with a roll of just fewer than 300. Fundraising activities were held throughout the week, culminating in our annual “Belmont’s Got Talent” show on the afternoon of Friday, November 18th. During the same evening, a delegation of thirty of our seniors was sporting their purple blazers at BBC’s Children in Need in Scotland, presented by Jackie Bird, live from Pacific Quay in Glasgow. The senior choir had shot and submitted a video of their rendition of Primal Scream’s “Moving On Up” and a clip of their performance was featured on Saturday evening’s Highlights Show and posted to the official website.

Cake and pakora sales were held at Belmont throughout the week in the run-up to our talent show while Senior 6 pupils circulated throughout the school with charity buckets. One of our English teachers cleverly raised funds on the promise to shave off half of his beard – and he delivered! On Thursday, November 17th, the nursery hosted a “Parents’ Fun Day” in the school hall featuring stalls of games, raffles, home baking and an art exhibition displaying the children’s pictures of Pudsey. Afterwards, each of our Junior School classes were tasked with organizing, advertising and managing a fun activity in which other pupils could pay 25p to take part. Activities ranged from Pin the Patch on Pudsey to decorating Pudsey masks and cookies to guessing Pudsey’s birthday and nationality.

On Friday, students generously donated £3 for a ticket to the talent show and £2 towards a non-uniform day. Among the nineteen acts, Nursery students danced to Elvis Presley’s “You Ain’t Nothin’ But a Hound Dog”, several vocal soloists from both the Junior and Senior School performed well-known pop songs, three Senior 6 pupils recreated Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” and a staff rock band played a medley of Queen hits. Finally, two Senior 6 pupils and two members of Science staff pulled off a highly entertaining juggling act in animal costumes! Five brave senior prefects were also gunged during the course of the afternoon, as well – all for a good cause!

“Belmont House School has a proud track record of supporting worthwhile charitable causes and those less fortunate than us,” said principal Melvyn Shanks. “I’d like to thank our parents for their previous generosity in contributing to the BBC appeal via the school and for their continued support of others in these challenging economic times.”
Belmont House School is an independent, co-educational school for pupils aged between 3 and 18 years and is located in Newton Mearns, Glasgow. Belmont prides itself in having among the smallest class sizes in Scotland, resulting in a safe, friendly and caring environment where maximum individual attention nurtures pupils’ specific talents and enables them to reach and exceed their potential.