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On Friday 14 March, 68 girls took part in a 24-hour sponsored Netballathon to raise money for a variety of children’s charities nominated by the girls’ houses.
The Netballathon involved pupils in every year group from the three girls’ houses: they played continuous matches in 2-hour shifts, with no more than a 2-minute break between each quarter, within the School’s Sports Hall. During this, the girls consumed over 250 doughnuts and flapjacks and also drank copious quantities of hot chocolate to keep them awake through the night. Those on the early-morning shift were even greeted with 120 bacon butties.
“The girls laughed their way through the event,” said Mrs Lise Parker, Housemistress of Gloucester House and organiser of the Netballathon. “We had a couple of camp beds and bedding available for those playing through the night and the radio on with energetic music to keep them going! Sometimes the boys and mums joined in too. It was a fantastic effort and great team work.” The girls scored a total of 847 goals during the whole 24-hour event.
Rene Spreeth, a Lower Fifth pupil from Haslewood said, “It really bonded the year groups. It was a great opportunity to improve your netball skills too and there was never a dull moment. We were so proud of Mrs Parker as she was coaching us all the way through and she had only 2 hours of sleep.”
The girls were raising money both for their respective house charities and the School’s charity. The house charities were: CPS Nepal, a children’s charity; The Royal Marsden; and, Click Sargent, which supports children. The School’s charity is the St John’s School Community Holiday for Mencap, which will take place at the School in August.
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