Schools’ Rise and Shine challenge

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ACHOOLS across Bulwell and the rest of Nottingham ended their academic year on a high note by encouraging pupils to take part in a ‘Rise And Shine’ attendance challenge.

Thirty-four schools, under the watchful eyes of seven attendance-improvement officers, took part.

These included six from Bulwell who were led by Emma Raynor.

The initiative challenged pupils to attend school every day, for a week, on time.

More than 1,900 excited youngsters, representing Bulwell St Mary’s Primary, Rufford Primary, Springfield Primary, Crabtree Primary, Snape Wood Primary and Cantrell Primary were involved.

The response to the scheme proved rewarding with a total of 1,262 pupils completing the challenge.

Each pupil who completed the task was put into a grand prize draw which was run independently by each of the Bulwell schools.

Topping the table with a 73% success rate came Cantrell, whose prize-winning pupils were eight-year-old Mitchell Foulds, who won a £25 Tesco voucher, and seven-year-old Teigan Dennis, whose reward was a Union Jack rucksack filled with goodeies and a voucher.

Crabtree Primary’s winners, from a total of 279 successful youngsters, included ten-year-old Dylan Spencer-Heath.

Thanks to the efforts of Crystal Palmer and Claire Doody of the school’s parents’ group, 17 children received rewards with Sylan taking home a Raleigh bicycle.

Bulwell St Mary’s winner Deborah Ofei received a £25 Tesco voucher with Jessica Shipman winning a rucksack filled with goodies and a voucher, while at Rufford Primary Jay Robinson and Kerrilee Tipping earned similar rewards.

Flying the flag for Springfield Primary were winning pupils Victoria McKenzie (first prize) and Shelbey Leigh Rowland, while at Snape Wood pupils Enis Asllanaj and Maygen Parr Walford took the top prizes.

Delighted with the outcome of the challenge, Emma Raynor praised pupils, parents and teachers for their excellent support and response.

“Being on time and attending school every day is vital,” she said. “The Bulwell schools have risen to the challenge and excelled.

“I would like to thank Tesco in Bulwell and in particular Chris Tilley, who has been very supportive.”

n OUR PHOTO shows Springfield winner Victoria McKenzie (left) and runner-up Shelby Leigh Rowland with teaching assistant Hayley Bodenham and attendance officer Emma Raynor (right) (PHOTO AND STORY BY: Peter Jordan).