Sad news that a beloved teacher at Frederick Gent school has been diagnosed with cancer has spurred staff and students to raise charity cash.
After hearing the teacher has lymphoma, the school banded together to doggedly raise almost £1,300.
In April, ten staff from the South Normanton school completed the Three Peaks Challenge, and last week held a Great British tea bake, giving students and staff the chance to sample cakes and a variety of teas to raise money for the Lymphoma Association.
Despite the sad news, there was also cause for celebration at the school, after a Team GB London 2012 paralympian paid a visit.
Sprinter, Samuel Ruddock, – who has cerebral palsy and came 4th in the 200m – visited last week to talk to the children about paralympic sport and the 2012 games.
A school spokesperson, explained: “The students were inspired by his work ethic, his passion and determination to not let his disability stand in the way of success.”
The maths department were also celebrating after ten Year 7 and 8 students were awarded in a nationwide maths challenge.
Silver awards were given to nine pupils, with one gold given to Jack Wilson.
Jack’s teacher, Mr Wragg, said: “He is an outstanding mathematician.”