Auction action to fund science block
MANGOTSFIELD School is gearing up for its big auction to raise money towards refurbishing the science block.
Students, staff and parents have all swung behind the ambitious drive to raise £50,000 for the secondary school, whose funding woes were highlighted in a television series last year.
The auction of goods and promises on July 5 is a way for the community to support Mangotsfield School. Anyone can donate items or services or go along and bid for them.
One of the leaders of the fundraising effort is dad Nick Kenway, whose family knows a thing or two about bringing in money and support. Son Archie, now a student at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College, won a national Young Enterprise award after organising an auction that raised £3,000 when he was at Mangotsfield. Archie went on to run another auction at Warmley Rangers FC that netted £13,000.
Mr Kenway, whose daughter Lily is now at the school, where she will be joined by her sister Ruby in September, said: “Mangotsfield School has been fantastic for our family so we are happy to do what we can to help.
“The television documentary showed how all local schools are underfunded. I was impressed that Mr Spence, the head at Mangotsfield, didn’t want to just accept their fate and decided to do something about it. My wife is a teaching assistant so I know how hard teachers work. I didn’t hesitate to step in.”
The family, along with other parents who have joined the Mango 50 appeal, have been working hard to gather lots for the auction but the team still needs more offers.
“It doesn’t have to be a holiday in the Bahamas, although that would be nice,” said Mr Kenway. “It could be two hours cleaning. Everything added together is going to help - so please give what you can and think about any contacts you have who might be able to contribute. Every penny we raise goes towards the school science block.”
He also appealed to local people to attend the event, which will include a hog roast and a bar, to ensure a good atmosphere on the night, so that plenty of cash is raised.
Students are involved in organising the auction and are also taking part in a Tenner Challenge for the cause. A car boot sale on May 18 raised £385.
If you can offer anything for the auction, contact Julie Scull at the school. firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling old boys and girls
ARE you an ex- Rodway Technical High School pupil?
The school is planning an Open Morning for ex-pupils on Saturday July 13, 10am - noon.
Headteacher David Spence said: “We are keen to immerse them back in the past through a tour of the school site, an archive exhibition and refreshments, as well as the chance to meet up with former classmates.”
Please email Julie.Scull@cset.co.uk to book on to this trip down memory lane.
Rock on! Fun for families
A FAMILY fun day is planned at the school on June 22 in support of Mango 50.
It takes place from 11am to 6pm and will include stalls, a bar, bouncy castle, horse riding and live music.