Children at The Compass School, Haddington have managed to raise an incredible £3020.50 for WaterAid by taking part in a sponsored ‘Swimathon’!
The School’s Pupil Council identified WaterAid as one of the three main charities they wished to support this year. WaterAid works in partnership with local organisations in 37 countries across the World to help poor communities establish sustainable water supplies and toilets, close to homes, and to promote safe hygiene practices. This charity was chosen because it links well with the School’s current Rights Respecting Schools’ initiative.
Swimming is an integral part of life at The Compass with the School providing weekly swimming lessons for the children. Indeed, the School recently won the East Lothian Small Schools competition at the county gala in Prestonpans.
The ‘Swimathon’ which took place during normal swimming lessons saw each pupil in Primary 3-7 trying to swim as far as they could in thirty minutes. Nursery to Primary Two children completed an obstacle course within the pool. Each of the children involved collected sponsorship and when it was all collected in, children and staff were amazed at the total they had achieved.
Mr Becher, the Headmaster, said: “I was delighted when the children of our Pupil Council chose WaterAid as one of the principal charities they would be supporting this year. Coming up with the idea of actually using water to raise funds by holding a Swimathon was inspired and all of the children involved showed tremendous determination and enthusiasm in taking on their respective challenges. Once the sponsorship money was collected in, we were astonished by the amount they had all raised. We would like to thank everyone who supported the children in this very successful initiative.”
For further details, please contact the Headteacher, Mr Becher, by telephoning 01620 822642.