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Singing nuns and Rag Week fun

Students and staff played games for good causes when they took part in a Raise-And-Give (RAG) Week at Havering Sixth Form College to collect money for charity.

As well as the festive fun, there was also a performance of the feel-good musical Sister Act, and a Christmas concert that was attended by friends, parents and residents who live close to the College site.

All the events raised funds for the College’s nominated charities, which are St Francis Hospice, Cancer Research UK and EducAid.

The RAG Week included activities such as the HSFC Bake Off Competition, a FIFA tournament, glass painting and engraving, a table tennis competition, a staff versus students netball match and games stalls in the Quad.

The College also dropped off a huge trolley-load of food and other supplies, donated by staff and students, to the Harold Hill Food Bank which helps local people in crisis and those struggling on the poverty line.

Money was raised for the Save the Children charity through staff and students attending College in their finest festive knits on Christmas Jumper Day.

And lower and upper sixth students on the Music Performance BTEC course organised, sung and played in the Christmas concert and offered a mince pie and glass of mulled wine to local residents who attended. The gig included popular Christmas songs and donations for St Francis Hospice were collected on the door.

The Sister Act show, put on by students on the Performing Arts and Drama BTEC courses brought the popular Whoopi Goldberg film to life and contained some excellent song and dance routines.

The show was a huge success. Principal, Paul Wakeling, who attended, said: “I was lucky enough to see the opening night of Sister Act. I know that it has been a lot of work getting this show ‘production ready’ but last night was such a joyful experience.

“The students excelled, really pushing themselves. The music and acting were fantastic and the audience were completely engaged and loved every minute.”


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