Red Nose Day

The day was a great success from start to finish. The students were encouraged to 'wear something red' and donate £1 for the privilege. Yr8 and their tutors (special mention to Dene Magna’s answer to a market trader, Mr Evans) provided some amazing cakes at break time and raised a staggering £240 in 20 minutes; we certainly enjoy our cakes at Dene Magna!

At the end of the day we had a whole school assembly during which we were introduced to our friends from Kenya and our two local charity representatives. This year, in addition to Comic Relief, we are also raising money for the Forest of Dean Children's Opportunity Centre and the Cobalt Unit.

Louisa Davies from the Children Opportunities Centre spoke about the work that the centre does to support babies, pre-school children and their families. She also invited the Yr11 students to get involved with the centre as they are always looking for volunteers. For more information on this go to

Mary Peterson spoke about the Cobalt Unit and in particular the work of a specialist nurse called Megan. Megan is designated to work with teenagers, young people and their families. The money we raise will help to fund Megan and similar nurses. For more information go to

The assembly then continued with the name of a special Red Nose Day cake, made by Ms Humphries, being drawn. The name of the nose picked(!) was Dwayne and was won by Mrs Haworth.

The total raised  by the end of the day was £941 with still more money to be brought in... amazing!

Thank you everyone, from the Charities Committee.