Our Key Stage 3 students (Years 7 & 8) and their REAL teachers had a very busy few weeks at the end of last term carrying out their sponsored challenges and collecting the money pledged to raise funds for our community defibrillators appeal!
During their REAL lessons, our students took on a wide range of challenges that different classes chose to do but that were all physically demanding and raised awareness of raising our pulse rates and working the heart muscle. Just some of the activities completed included completing a mile run around the school grounds, completing a high intensity work out, carrying out a circuit style workout that required 30 repetitions to reinforce the 30 repetitions of CPR needed when trying to save someone’s life, completing a 15 minute non-stop CPR challenge or a 999 (repetitions) CPR challenge and completing a sponsored walk.
All students involved have raised both awareness of the need for community defibrillators and the knowledge of CPR as well as vital funds for the appeal. All students involved received a certificate to take home to show those who sponsored them that their challenge has been completed. The students have demonstrated every one of the schools’ 6 character traits; Courage, Integrity, Respect, Quality, Pride and especially Compassion. They should all be very proud of the fact that they have played their part in providing the community of Dunston with emergency life-saving equipment. Their REAL teachers, and all of the staff, are extremely proud of them for raising a phenomenal amount of money, £4,223.65, which means that as a school we are able to buy 2 AED defibrillators and pay to have them installed in our local Community.
In addition to this, fundraising raffles took place during the ‘Night on Broadway’ production evenings with prizes donated by local businesses as well as a staff fundraising evening which has added approximately £1000 more to our total. This has resulted in an amazing total of £5216.97! Once the Defibrillators are fully installed we intend to make a substantial donation to the British Heart Foundation so that they can continue funding research into heart conditions, ranging from heart failure to irregular heart rhythm to congenital heart defects like the one which affects a student here at Kingsmeadow and whose cardiac arrest last year inspired us to act in such a positive manner. A Huge well done to all involved and a huge thank you to all who donated.