Pupils from a Leeds school got the month off to a jump start by bouncing for 10 hours straight.
Youngsters from Mount St Mary’s Catholic High School hosted a non-stop ‘Bounce-a-thon’ from 7am to 5pm yesterday. (Feb 1)
The intense fundraising event was organised by a group of Year 9 pupils.
Physical Education teacher Claire Needham said: “The Year 9 young leaders in sport have shown immense dedication.
“The sheer determination and commitment we have seen from them has been great.
“To do this for 10 hours certainly takes its toll but hardly any of them moaned about it and they just got on and did it.”
The event was organised by pupils on a leadership programme in sport, which involves them taking charge of lessons and coaching for youngsters at local primary schools.
The group of around 19 girls took turns on two trampolines throughout the day to make sure someone was continuously bouncing.
Claire added: “They have been very keen to raise the profile of the role that they do and presented their own idea of a ‘Bounce-a-thon’ to the head teacher, who supported the event.
“It required the 19 students to ensure that they bounce for a full 10 hours between them.
“The students arrived at school before we did because they were so excited and eager to get started.
“They were at the gates at 6.45am ready to start the challenge.
“They did all the work and even made their own sponsorship forms.
“We were hoping to raise around £250 but the kids smashed that total.
“They have raised approximately £500, which will go towards buying some new kit for the young leaders to support the look of professionalism that they want to portray.
“They have been so committed to the whole event right from the start and I’d like them to know that we are really proud of them.
“These young leaders have demonstrated a mature and responsible attitude and presented themselves as the ideal role model within the school.”
She added: “The leadership course means they are developing many life skills such as communication, organisation and confidence.
“These skills not only impact on their life within school but contribute towards their future aspirations.”
The secondary school on Ellerby Road also runs leadership courses for other year groups in subjects including languages, maths, and English.