Many of you will know that I raised money last year for FBP to help the school. Many do not realise the full impact of continuing cuts to education budgets. Last year the money was used to purchase additional items such as Maths equipment and electronic devices that benefit and enhance the children's experiences. At this time, budgets barely cover the costs of staffing and Brynmill School, like many others, rely on goodwill of staff and fundraising to pay for additional resources that help children gain access to creative and innovative experiences.
I also made sure that the school made a charitable donation to Unicef, a cause linked closely with our school Ethos promoting the Rights of the Child.
This year the children themselves are considering ways they can raise money for electronic and audio equipment to enhance their Performing Arts abilities on stage. This will not only make our school performances more engaging but also give pupils greater confidence acting and performing in front of an audience. I would like to help them reach their goal. I also pledge a donation to charity, which this year will be based on a cause the children will choose from using Pupil Voice.
Last year, I ran my first London Marathon. Words fail me how hard the last 10 miles were in the 27 degree heat and coping with a last minute injury sustained while playing football with the children on the residential trip! This year I am vowing to beat my best time and complete it in under 3 hours 30 minutes. I have been training since December and I know that the thought of raising money that will secure improvements to children's opportunities in my school will keep me going to the finish line.