RAG week fun at The Beacon
SIXTH form students at the borough's first academy have held their first-ever RAG week.
Students at The Beacon School in Picquets Way, Banstead, organised the Raise and Give Week, raising hundreds of pounds for Cancer Research UK and the Royal Marsden cancer hospitals with a succession of cake sales and events, headlined by a student cabaret.
The success of the fundraising week, which ran from March 19-23, has prompted staff and students at the school, which became an academy in December, to consider making the event an annual occasion.
Caroline Gibbins, director of sixth form at The Beacon, said: "It is fantastic. It's the first time we have done something like this.
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"We even had a RAG cabaret for the students to showcase a whole host of things and it was organised by the students.
"It is good for the rest of the school to see the sixth form involved and actively taking roles like this in the school."
Organisers were thrilled with the outcome and said they enjoyed the freedom to arrange the week themselves.
Charlie Goodair, 16, was one of the main organisers. He told the Mirror: "It's been fantastic. I have loved every minute of it.
"The RAG evening was a big part of it. I came to the teachers with the idea and they were so good at embracing it, and we worked out what we wanted to do with it.
"It was like we had control to do what we wanted with it."
Despite it being the inaugural event, students were surprised by the enthusiasm throughout the school, particularly for the cabaret show, which included songs, dances and poems.
"We got a surprisingly large turnout," Charlie said.
"We wanted to make sure it was open to so many parts of the school."
With singers and dancers dominating TV talent shows such as Britain's Got Talent or X Factor, the students were thrilled with the variety of acts on display at the show, which raised £250 in one night on March 23.
"It shows we have different things going on," said Danielle Goff, 17.
"Most talent shows are singing now, but we had everything."
The school had not calculated the total money raised before the Mirror went to press.