St Gildas’ School Centenary Bike Ride

As many of you know, this year marks the centenary of the school’s foundation and there are a number of events planned througout the year to mark this important milestone. In addition to celebrating the history of St Gildas’ we believe that it is important to look forward and consider what needs to be done to secure the legacy of the school for future generations.

The key project we have looked to focus our fund raising efforts on this year is the school’s outside play facilities which are not meeting the needs of the children and urgently need to be upgraded.

We are making good progress in our efforts and have secured funding to replace the perimeter fencing and to demolish the now derelict perfab buildings beside the playground. This work will commence over the May half term and summer break. We therefore will be ready to commence the first phase of the upgrade works to create a dedicated multi-use games area (“MUGA”) where the old prefab buildings were over the summer. However, to do this we require further funding which is where we need your assistance.

On the weekend of 20 and 21st of June around 20 brave parents and staff from St Gildas’ and St Peter’s will undertake a c. 150 mile sponsored cycle to seek to raise the £25,000 needed to progress this playground upgrade work. The cycle will start from the St Gildas’ school in Yeovil Somerset on 20 June and end at our school on the 21 June. Many of the participants have never undertaken a long cycle before and a number have purchased their first adult bike – so this should definitely be seen as a challenge! All monies raised will go towards the playground development project and if we can rise the target amount then the planned works to create the MUGA can commence this summer. We would therefore ask people to give as generously as they can.

A dedicated fundraising site has been created so it’s very easy to donate – http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/stgildas

Gift aid will also be reclaimed from eligible donations.

Please feel free to pass on to family or friends or others you think would be interested in sponsoring the team. We hope to have a celebration at the school to welcome the cyclists back on Sunday 21st of June and we will share more details on that in the near future.

Your continued support is much appreciated.

The Centenary Team.