School staff run up a great total for charity


SEVEN members of staff at Hilden Oaks School & Nursery and two of their partners took part in the 2017 London Winter Run last weekend – and raised more than £700 for Cancer Research UK.

The organiser of the team from the Tonbridge-based school was maths specialist teacher Suzi Fisher, whose enthusiasm for the event encouraged three novice 10k runners to join the team.

A total of 17,000 runners ran the Winter Run course, which started in Trafalgar Square, took in St Paul’s Cathedral and finished by the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

A combined time of 7 hours and 4 minutes for the Hilden Oaks staff resulted in Deputy Head Sharon Wade winning the sweepstake organised by the school.

The team were delighted with their success, and with the total they raised for charity, which is still growing.

Ms Fisher said: “The staff at Hilden Oaks all get on really well, so we had a fantastic day out. There was a great atmosphere, and the team worked really well together, creating some wonderful memories in the process. We intend to do something similar again in the near future.”

This sporting life…

OWEN FOWLER, 13, is celebrating after he was picked for the Kent County Junior Badminton Development squad. The pupil (pictured right), who attends St Gregory’s School in Tunbridge Wells, will play during the rest of academic year.

The school’s Head of PE, Joe Cumber, commented: “Owen is a naturally gifted and athletic pupil who is a pleasure to teach and has a wonderful positive attitude to all aspects of school life.

“He’s part of the successful St Gregory’s Football Academy, regularly representing the school, and his team won the West Kent district finals. He is also strong in other sports, including basketball, handball and athletics.”

Poster power

THE winner of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s 20’s Plenty road safety poster competition has been announced. Children in Years 5 and 6 at St Augustine’s and St John’s schools were asked to create artwork that would display a clear message promoting the new 20mph restrictions in the area. Ten-year-old Lilia Oubridge from St Augustine’s was the winner, and her poster will appear in the council’s Local magazine.

A fine line?

FOLLOWING the Supreme Court hearing on the John Platt school fines case, a poll by travel insurance provider found 10 per cent of its customers would move their child into private education or home schooling in order to gain flexibility around school holidays. The company, which insured over 25,000 families last year, found that 28 per cent of parents are still willing to face fines to get a better holiday deal.

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