Sleep out for summer at school

Runcton Holme Primary School taking part in a den day and sleep over ANL-150722-075613009
Runcton Holme Primary School taking part in a den day and sleep over ANL-150722-075613009
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There was an unusual end to one West Norfolk village school’s year this week as pupils and parents slept over at their school.

A den day and sleepover was held at the Runcton Holme Primary School on Monday, in support of Save the Children’s Den Day initiative.

The programme is designed to encourage children to use their creativity and imagination to create their own special dens and help to raise cash for disadvantaged children around the world.

The teacher in charge, Ashley Cawley, is now hoping to hold a similar event next year.

He said: “The whole day was just about aiming to 
keep a promise to the children from one of my crazy assemblies.”

A crazy promise it might have been, but the reaction he received from staff and parents was beyond his wildest expectations.

He added: “I received support from everyone connected with the school, everything was funded by good faith.”

It did not take long to attract attention from the nearby community either.

Starlight Entertainments provided bouncy castles, vintage tractors were rolled out on display and 40 hay bales were transported in to help the pupils as the school kept its doors open well into the evening.

And those with even more energy to burn had the option of trying out tug-of-war or cricket.

The idea also captured the imaginations of the parents, many of whom stayed to camp out, the opportunity of a leisurely evening with Music and speciality cups of tea one too good to miss.

Meat was donated by Kirsty Ward, of nearby John the Butchers, on a barbecue, which was prepared by another friend of the school, Shaun Catton.

And bacon butties were also on the menu on Tuesday morning for those who spent the night on the school grounds.

Mr Cawley paid particular tribute to Nathan Stannard, of Starlight Entertainments, Vicky Bower, Ian Doors and Shaun Partridge for their tireless efforts in making the initiative such a success.