Woodlands Primary School in Borehamwood holds Marie Curie fundraising day

Borehamwood Times: Year 5 children take part in sponsored silence Year 5 children take part in sponsored silence

A school was bathed in sunshine as children wore yellow to raise money for a cancer care charity.

Woodlands Primary School in Alban Crescent, Borehamwood held a ‘Mini Pots of Care’ fundraising day today to support Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The children had been tending their own daffodil bulbs since September, and today the children decorated pot covers for their pet plants, which will be submitted in a national competition to win £1,000 for their school.

Dressed in yellow and with flowers in their hair, children also held sponsored silences and skipping sessions, dissected daffodils, foraged for objects in scavenger hunts and washed their teachers’ cars.

The children also gathered in the hall for an assembly in which they learned about the charity’s mission to improve care for those dying of cancer and their families.

They also learned about the work of physicist Marie Curie and her pioneering work in radioactivity.

Teacher Paula Ridler said she had been impressed by how absorbed the children were in the assembly.

She said: “Everyone’s lives are touched with cancer in some way so it is important children learn about the disease in such a way that they can understand it without being frightened.

“I am impressed by how enthusiastic the children have been. They have thrown themselves fully into every activity, even the sponsored silence.

“We have very supportive children, parents and staff and it's wonderful how everyone has come on board with this.

“It is a very vital cause and we are hoping to raise at least £500.”

Pupil Sophie Davies said she had very much enjoyed being involved in the day.

She said: “It’s been really fun growing the daffodils, and I’ve learned a lot about Marie Curie too.”

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