AS USUAL, the borough stepped up to the plate when it came to Comic Relief.
Offices, schools and communities from Aveley to Fobbing: they all did something funny for money.
Sainsburys in Chafford Hundred had a host of activities. Captured on film are the staff attempting to eat a doughnut.
Over at Woodside Academy, they went a stage further with a Red Nose Rap competition with children accompanying themselves on their own home made instruments. The Key Stage 2 winners were The Red Nose Gang ( Casey, Albi, Henry, Praise, Jessie and Riley) with Shake Your Instruments and the Key Stage 1 winners were Supersquad (Noah, Joseph, Jake, Warren and Riley). The prize for the winners was to make a professional recording of their raps with the help of Woodside’ singing teacher and her accompanist Sharni Elliot and Gareth Marsh. You can hear the finished results at www.woodsideacademy.org .
Woodside principal Edward Caines said “The standard of entries was extremely high and the finished recordings sound very professional. The children put a lot of thought into their compositions and it clearly made them think about what Comic Relief is actually for.”
Children brought £1 to take part in the day’s special activities which also included biscuit decorating while staff had been busy making cakes to sell to parents in the afternoon. Together with the sale of red noses, wristbands and “Deeley Boppers” this raised a total £1,252 for Comic Relief and Woodside hope to raise more with the sale of videos of the rap performances.
And over at South Essex College, it was time for one mighty Harlem Shake.