School’s senior staff brave ice bucket challenge

The Towers' version of the ice bucket challenge
The Towers' version of the ice bucket challenge

SENIOR staff at an Upper Beeding school got a soaking last week, all in the name of charity.

Two senior teachers and a Sister of the Blessed Sacrament ‘went the extra mile’ last Monday at The Towers Convent School, an independent Roman Catholic day and boarding school in Henfield Road.

Spectators lined up for the school’s own version of the ice bucket challenge, although they found the entertainment ended all too soon.

Sister Mary Andrew, who was headmistress at the convent school for 32 years, Mrs Nicky Hanks, teacher in charge of the junior school, and Mrs Clare Trelfa, the current headmistress, took centre stage in the school grounds. The trio faced their soaking ‘as bravely as possible’.

Louise Crick, Mrs Trelfa’s personal assistant, said: “Pupils and staff bought raffle tickets in the hope that they would be one of the three lucky individuals who could inflict the watery torture on the foolish volunteers – a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Mrs Deborah Sparkes, head of drama, was the ‘mistress’ of ceremonies.

She introduced the victims one by one before they received their comeuppance.

Money raised will be sent to two charities, WaterAid and Children in Gaza.