Camden School for Girls fun run raises £12,500 for new computers

Teachers dress up in school uniform for the Camden School For Girls fundraising 5k run in Regent's P

Teachers dress up in school uniform for the Camden School For Girls fundraising 5k run in Regent's Park. Picture: Polly Hancock - Credit: Archant

Teachers squeezed into school uniform while pupils donned funny wigs to race in a 5k fun run raising money for whiteboards and computer equipment.

More than 150 parents, staff and schoolchildren from Camden School for Girls (CSFG) in Camden Town dashed around Regent’s Park wearing fancy dress on Saturday.

Their efforts have so far raised roughly £12,500 to replace the Sandall Road school’s outdated IT equipment and ageing interactive whiteboards.

Headteacher Elizabeth Kitcatt, who ran in the Camden Girls On the Run race, said: “The improvements to ICT that we can make with the money raised will really make a difference to the day-to-day experience of students and staff in school - all day and every day – so it was definitely worth it.

“I’ll never forget watching the students reaching the finishing line. It gave them a real sense of achievement.”

The fastest runner in the junior category to complete the course in a lightning time of 20 minutes and 33 seconds was Ezra Banks-Baddiel, the 10-year-old brother of a CSFG pupil.

The time was just one minute slower than the fastest runner in the senior category. Ezra said: “I have been walking on air ever since. I loved the event, and feel so proud of myself.”

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A prize of a mini-iPad was on offer for whoever raised the most money. But highest fundraiser, Ms Kitcatt, who collected nearly £1,000, turned down the prize in favour of the second-highest fundraiser, Year 7 pupil Soren. The funds will pay for interactive screens as well as other IT improvements.

Ms Kitcatt said: “These are much more modern, provide very clear images, and enable teachers to present exciting visual material to students which really makes their learning come to life.”

The school’s funding has suffered cuts in recent years while new costs, including national insurance and pay increases, now come out of the school’s budget.

The squeeze has led to parents and staff coming together to find new ways to raise funds to improve school facilities.

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