What a day!! The sun shone down... a marathon was run... the 2012 Olympic Torch carried... a Summer-time picnic eaten and a Fun Fun Fun Afternoon enjoyed by children, staff and parents!
Today we remembered Mr Richards (Del) and all he did for us as a school, a staff and a community.
Del has been the backbone of our school for more than 12 years. He truly was a legend to us all and had such a big and generous heart for the children; always giving his time and enthusiastic support for everything they did. Nothing was ever too much trouble. He had been staff governor at Phoenix Primary School and Nursery for 7 years, such was his dedication to the children, their education and all round wellbeing. Del relished being part of a team that has brought our school to the forefront of achieving in Essex.
Phoenix Primary School and Nursery held a Marathon Fun Day in memory of our Site Manager, Derick Richards (Del). All 550 children and staff took part in a relay that totalled a whole marathon. Music supplied by DJ Matt Horton of Phoenix FM helped to kick start the day with a whole school warm up and kept spirits high and momentum going for the marathon itself. The first lap of the track saw our Nursery team and members of Del's family carrying the Olympic Torch, originally used in the London 2012 Olympics. The morning’s sporting events were followed by a whole school summer time picnic, giving the children a change from their usual school dinner routine.
After school, a fete style fun afternoon was held in the playground and opened up to parents and siblings to enjoy. Teachers in Stocks was by far the most popular stall – they got a thorough soaking by very enthusiastic pupils!
All monies raised are being donated to Cancer Research UK which is the charity chosen by the school’s Junior Governing Body for this academic year.
We raised an amazing £4,002. Thank you for all your kind donations and sponsorship!
Special thanks to our contributors:
Thomas Ridley Ltd, Lloyds Bank Billericay, Penn Sports UK, Phoenix FM, Happy Days (Canvey Island) and Basildon Sporting Village.
Photographs by Louise Williams of LMP Photos Ltd