Teachers get a good 'gunging' for Green Day

STUDENTS in Ashington decked the corridors with green bunting and banners to celebrate Green Day.

The event was celebrated at Hirst High School in aid of the NSPCC, with pupils being allowed to come in non-uniform as long as they were wearing at least one item of green clothing.

Some of the more adventurous pupils even dyed their hair for the event.

The brainchild of the sixth form charity committee, Green Day took over three months to put together and was aimed at raising awareness for the charity that provides help and support to children who suffer neglect or abuse at home.

James Leslie, sixth form committee chairman, said: "The idea came to us when we arranged a meeting with the NSPCC schools councillor, Lisa Jones.

"We were unsure about what we wanted to do and how to raise the money, but because the NSPCC is primarily green, it was decided a day of green lessons, food and themed activities would really get everyone in the mood.

"When we asked Mrs Craig, the headteacher, for permission to go ahead she was really supportive."

Ex-England international and Newcastle United footballer Peter Beardsley, showed his support by agreeing to attend the event, signing autographs and presenting students with certificates for work they had completed in the lead up to the event.

At the end of the school day, all the school met outside to watch The Big Gunge.

Students had been voting all week for which teacher they wanted to see gunged, with Craig Knowles, assistant headteacher, and Helen Wardman, geography teacher, being the unlucky winners.