Students and staff at Tupton Hall School have been enjoying
Opposites Day, where the dress code has been turned on its head.
Staff have dressed as students for the day and pupils have
abandoned their uniform in favour of dressing as teachers. The day has been
organised by a group of Year 9 students in order to raise awareness and funds
in memory of Tupton Hall student Elliesha Hind, who sadly passed away recently.
Elliesha was a very popular student with lots of friends, who
lost her battle with cancer shortly after Christmas 2013. Year 9 student Caomi
Green, who helped organise the day said. “Everyone who is taking part pays £1
and the money raised is going to the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and Clic
Sargent, a charity that helped Ellie’s mum.”
She continued, “Jasmine, Ellie and I wanted to do something
that everyone can get involved in, and this is different to other charity events
that have happened in school. “
In addition to the uniform swap, bulbs will be planted
around the memorial tree sculpture in the school’s courtyard that will flower
at this time of year, to further commemorate Elliesha’s memory.
Headteacher Andrew Knowles, who also dressed as a student
for the day said, “This is an excellent initiative organised by some of our
Year 9s, and is a wonderful way to remember Elliesha and raise funds for
Bluebell Wood and Clic Sargent. I’m very proud of what they have achieved
today, and proud of both students and staff for the way they have responded to
the ideas put forward by Caomi, Ellie and Jasmine.”