Parent organises night to raise school funds

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A CABARET night at Huntingtower Primary School raised over £3,000, which will be spent kitting out the new classrooms.

The evening entertainment, which was organised by parent Tess Sheehy, included singing, dancing and magic.

Headteacher Mark Anderson said: “It was an absolutely brilliant evening. The performances were very professional.”

Tess and two of her friends, Nick and Laura, performed songs from musicals including Grease, Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera.

There was also a magician who amazed the audience, and during the interval food was provided.

Mr Anderson said: “It was Tess’s idea because she is a performer and wanted to help the school.

“She’s aware of the financial needs on the building front and wanted to raise money.”

Mr Anderson said he could not believe that Tess managed to provide the whole evening for free with the help of East Midlands Sound and Lighting and Kismet. This meant that all of the money raised went straight into school funds.

He said: “I didn’t expect it to raise that much. I was really pleased when it started rolling in. What we got was absolutely stunning.”

But the £3,000 is just a small part of what Mr Anderson hopes to raise for equipment for the new classrooms, which should be complete by the start of the next school year.

He said: “We are aiming to raise £21,000, which works out at about £3,000 a classroom.

“We still have the old equipment but with a new building we want to start afresh.

“We’re not going to waste anything but it would be nice to have the school kitted out for the next 10 years, which doesn’t happen on the school budget unfortunately.”

More events are being planned at the school in the next few months to help add to the funds.

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