Bognor school makes strong message in total silence

Students had to find creative ways of communicating in silence
Students had to find creative ways of communicating in silence

A Bognor Regis school fell silent for an entire hour to raise awareness and funds for endangered children around the world.

Staff and students at The Regis School took part in a whole school silence and penny drive to support UNICEF UK’s Children in Danger Campaign.

Pupils held up banners displaying the area of UNICEFs campaign they felt most passionately about

Pupils held up banners displaying the area of UNICEFs campaign they felt most passionately about

The event took place at the school on Thursday, May 12, and saw lessons go on as normal except teachers and the hundreds of students had to find inventive ways of communicating without making any noise.

Pupils’ fundraising efforts saw them raise an incredible amount, which will be matched by UNICEF to total more than £3,300.

Assistant principal at The Regis School, Caroline Saunders said: “I walked the school during period 5 and the atmosphere was tangibly different.

“Most doors were open, communication was creative but silent and students were engaged in learning.

Pupils taking part in the silent event

Pupils taking part in the silent event

“We had no issues with any student not taking part and the atmosphere was lovely.

“Most powerful of all the silence included a lesson change over, so to see 1,400 students move between lessons but not hear a sound was really quite moving.”

For three months leading up to the day, tutor groups had been collecting loose change following assemblies led by the schools Rights Respecting Ambassadors.

The one hour We Are Silent campaign was held to ensure every one of the students had time to reflect on why they were raising the money.

The children have been raising money for the last few months

The children have been raising money for the last few months

Every member of the school community identified an area of the Children in Danger campaign they felt most passionately about, wearing this as a sticker and then being silent for a full hour as teachers taught silent lessons.

“Everyone in the building pledged to silence and you could have heard a pin drop across the building. It was quite an experience,” a school spokesperson said.

“When the school realised just 4p could provide lifesaving vaccines and £8 high energy food for a child for a week, they did not hesitate in raiding penny jars, looking behind sofas and in the bottom of bags.

“The best news is the school raised £1,676.43 and as UNICEF reminded us, this will be match funded by DFID so our total is an amazing £3,352.86.”

Every five minutes, somewhere across the globe, a family loses a son or daughter to violence, UNICEF says. The charity is campaigning to protect children in emergencies.

Paul Harris from UNICEF UK said: “Thank you to everyone at The Regis School for collecting such a huge amount, which is very much appreciated.” The Regis School is a Level 2 UNICEF Rights Respecting School.

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