Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Cardiff schools on parade for Pudsey

Soldiers from five Welsh regiments will visit a special school in Cardiff on Friday, as pupils learn more about military life, while also helping Children in Need.

The troops will work with the youngsters on a variety of team-building exercises including shelter construction, camouflage painting, first aid and putting basic army rations together.

The Royal Artillery, the Welsh Guards, the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers, the Royal Welsh and the Welsh Rifles will all be represented at The Court Special School, in Llanishen, on November 20.

Between them, all the regiments have taken part in a large number of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Pupils and staff will be able to dress with a link to the military for a small contribution to Children in Need.

Headteacher Peter Owen said: "We hope to create a good fun day with a serious message about the sacrifices made by our armed forces."

Among the other schools taking part in fundraising activities for Children in Need is Fitzalan High, where children can participate in a number of sporting activities. Cheerleading will be taking centre stage, while a mini fete will also be held.

St Monica's Church in Wales Primary will mark the day by allowing pupils to wear their pyjamas. At Allensbank Primary there will be a Pudsey shop, an opportunity to wear fancy
dress, pitch 'n putt and the legendary Allensbank Chocolate Raffle.

Millbank Primary will be having a wacky hair and recycled costumes day, while Pudsey biscuits will also be on sale. At Llysfaen Primary all pupils and staff will be dressing up in spotty clothes or pyjamas.

Executive Member for Schools and Lifelong Learning Councillor Freda Salway said: "This snapshot of school activities is a great indication of how many pupils now get involved in Children in Need. As ever I am delighted to see this level of participation for a very worthwhile cause. I know all the schools are hoping to raise more money than last year and I wish them all the very best of luck!"


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