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Community Events & Fundraising

As a school we are very proud of the contribution our students make to their communities. Opportunities are actively sought to engage students and staff in a wide range of community activities.

Local businesses are extremely supportive with the offer of work experience opportunities, enabling us to provide students with an understanding of the skills and qualities required in the world of work.

Raising and Giving Week 2018

RAG Week stands for "Raising and Giving" Week, an annual event that has been running at Sir John Leman for approximately 25 years. It is always run by the Sixth Form students and led by the Sixth Form Council alongside Head Boy, Head Girls and their deputies. It is a great way for everyone at Sir John Leman to unwind and get excited for the Christmas break and make a difference to charities across the world. Every year 3 charities are supported: local, national and international; this year the charities that were supported are Beccles Men's Shed, Alzheimer's Society and Aluwani in South Africa. 


As is now the tradition of RAG Week, we kicked off with a ‘Minion Auction’ which this year was presented by Lauren Burley and Sophie Goldsworthy. The Minion Auction is always a successful event and this year was no exception. This gives students in Years 7 - 11 the chance to win a pair of Sixth Formers who will do their work in lessons, hold their bags or even go into town for them! There were several different pairs including Barbie and Ken, dinosaurs and even wizards. However, the popular favourite  was our very own Mrs Claus, who was none other than Owen Rudd! Every student had the chance to buy raffle tickets to win and a total of 6 minion pairs were auctioned off.


Day 2 of RAG Week brought Faculty Fortunes with Laura Ellis and Rianna Jones as hosts, trying to settle the age old battle of which is better - Maths or English? The English team was made up of strong competition: Mrs Oakes, Mrs Shoote, Mrs Turner and Miss Aldis. Facing them were the Maths team: Mr Williams, Dr Swiffen, Miss Stone and Miss Murrell. There were 2 rounds before the winner was decided. The first round was for naming an item that you use to measure with. Maths managed to take the lead on this round by scoring a total of 61 points, however there was some stiff competition from English, who successfully managed to steal the second round by naming countries beginning with the letter C. English proved that they had more knowledge on this and managed to score 66 points, beating the Maths team to the final.

In the final round Mrs Oakes and Mrs Shoote, both had to name items in a specific category in order to score the most points. Unfortunately, they didn’t manage to score enough points to win overall, but still got a respectable score of 174. I think we can all agree that this proves that English are truly better than Maths!


On the third day of RAG Week, the Sixth Formers gave to me… A Question of Sport, complete with our flamboyant host Kai Mitchell-Jones! Students were treated to our very own version of a Question of Sport with our first team, the Pique Blinders, which consisted of Mr Gorbould, Mr Mayers and Mr Millward who were up against the Higgs Bozos: Mr Hull, Mr Thomas and Mrs Bedward. There were several rounds - all sport related of course!

Up first was a ‘Guess the Sports Person’ round, where Mr Gorbould managed to guess the sportsman with only 3 squares removed - a surprising victory! The second round was ‘Pick a Category’ round, where each team had to choose a question from a range of categories given to them.

The third and final round was the ‘Challenge’ round. The first challenge was keep-ups with Mr Hull scoring 1 and Mr Gorbould just taking the point with a score of 15! The second challenge saw staff perform as many push ups as possible in 35 seconds. Higgs Bozos nominated Mr Hull to take part again, however this time against Mr Mayers. Lots of crowd encouragement saw Mr Hull complete 45 push ups in 35 seconds and Mr Mayers completing 38. The third round was charades to guess the sport, with Mr Millward acting for the Pique Blinders and of course Mr Hull for the Higgs Bozos. Both teams did extremely well and scored lots of extra points. However, there can only be 1 winner!

The total score was the Pique Blinders with 91 points and Higgs Bozos with 77 points. The unanimous favourite moment was when the team captain of the losing team (Mr Hull) having to down the drink as a forfeit for losing. This beautiful cocktail consisted of spaghetti hoops, custard and vinegar!


Tuesday brought us to the penultimate event of RAG Week 2018 with much contested ‘Lip Sync Battle’. Despite some unplanned events, including the fire alarm going off, the event planned and was an exceptionally fun array of talent. This event was most ably presented by Angel Stokes-Nicholls, Owen Rudd and Courtney Mitchell. There were many acts, including Salute by Little Mix, Hall of Fame by The Script and two amazing mash ups!

There was a mash up from the Sixth Form Team (Mrs Silvers, Mrs Fairhill, Mrs Stimpson, Mr Gorbould and Mrs Napthine) which included many popular trends from this year - including the Fortnite dances - but with Mr Slater as keynote speaker at a National Conference, the now established rivalries sadly weren’t played out. The Sixth Form staff outfits were somewhat questionable though, as they looked more like they were from an 80s rave, complete with neon face paints and glow sticks. In addition to the Sixth Form mash up, there was some stiff competition from Egg, a Sixth Former who had his own set of songs neatly segued together. The audience agreed that it was much better as it featured many more popular songs and was VERY sassy!

Despite the delays the winner was decided and after 4 years as the reigning champions, the Sixth Form Team were dethroned by Egg! Now the wait has begun to see if Egg can remain as Lip Sync champion or whether a new contestant will steal the limelight.


The final day of RAG Week 2018! What an adventure we went on today with ‘Fly Leman Airlines’ and our cabin crew Lewis Morfitt and Megan Burden, we were taken on a tour of some of the highlights of the school community. There were singers, dancers and even a ventriloquist!

It was a brilliant end to the week as there were many impressive acts. All of the singers were extremely capable and expressive performers and their vocals were edgy and impacting. There was also an impressive dance routine which was a joy to watch. One of the highlights of the event was a ventriloquist act from a Year 7 student - impressive as we couldn’t see her mouth moving at all, even when she was singing as her puppet friend! It was a very difficult decision for our judges Miss Holt, Mr Wainman and Mrs Dobson-Attwood, however they finally made a decision and crowned the winner as our ventriloquist act - Year 7 student Aisla Shipley.

It was a spectacular show with some great performances from all our acts. To remove any shadow of doubt, the decision of who won was based on decibel readings. We had a neat little gadget to determine who had the most support and appreciation from the audience, thus the winner was clear. However, everyone who took part in any RAG Week event and anyone who came to watch or supported in any way are winners too. We couldn’t have done these events without your continued support.

People's Picnic Initiative and Food Bank

This year as part of the Sir John Leman’s RAG Week (Raising and Giving week), there were several charity projects held. One of these was the People’s Picnic Initiative, held on Friday 14th December, where as a school 22 socks were donated. These socks included many essential items such as toothbrushes and tooth paste, winter clothing including gloves, and of course- more socks! These socks will then be distributed at People's Picnic Street Feast on the 22nd December. This contribution will be invaluable for those who are unfortunately on the streets during the winter months. In addition to this, there was also a donation going towards the food bank at St Luke’s Church, Beccles. This foodbank will be greatly received by those individuals that are unable to feed themselves and their families during the Christmas holidays, and throughout the year.  Across the school, there was an amazing response to this charity event; which well matches the schools ethos of charity and helping others as a phenomenal amount of food was donated- including 34 packets of instant mash! All of this fantastic work truly reflects the school and the pupil in it, all of who are extremely dedicated to fundraising and supporting local charities.


Leman 4 Life 2018

At a recent assembly, participants and helpers were all thanked for their contribution in our annual Leman 4 Life event, held back in July 2018. 

We were delighted to have members from Beccles Friends of Cancer Research UK and Bungay Black Dog Running Club attending the assembly. These groups play a crucial role to the success of the event. Our top fundraisers presented a cheque to Rosie Riches from Cancer Research UK for a total of £7,566.39! 

This takes the total raised to... £66,747!! A massive achievement and we hope to smash the £70,000 mark during next years event. Photos and dedication messages can be seen on the display board down the J Corridor. 

A big thank you to all those who took part and those that went that extra mile, from taking part in the Sixth Form/staff triathlon or those who fundraised to have their hair cut.  

Time to start training, the next Leman 4 Life event will be held on 19th June 2019.

Centenary of Reflection

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Left: Various images from the Artmistice Day events and displays at Sir John Leman
Above: The Last Post performed during the whole school 2 minute silence

Wow! An evening to remember for sure:  Centenary of Reflections! This was our school's response to mark the 100 year anniversary of the Armistice.

A brilliant community event, full of variety; music, movement, art, poetry and historical information readings. Attendance exceeded all expectations with parents, friends of the school and representatives from the very wide community we serve.

Thank you so much to a significant and wide-ranging number of staff who contributed to such a phenomenal evening, marking the end to our commemorations and following a powerful whole-school act of remembrance at 10:50.

It says a great deal about our ethos, culture and values. We should all be very proud.

MacMillan Coffee Morning

On Friday 28th September, Sir John Leman High School held our very own MacMillan Coffee Morning organised by the Sixth Form Council, along with Head Boy, Head Girl and deputies. It was a very well attended and successful event. A wide range of refreshments were on offer as well as a raffle and live music provided by our students. 

Thank you to all that attended our event, it was so lovely to see such an amazing community spirit. In total we raised £454 for MacMillan Cancer Support! 

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Leman 4 Life

Leman for Life is an annual 5km Fun Run which takes place on the school site to raise money for Cancer Research UK. The event is organised in conjunction with Beccles Friends of Cancer Research UK and Bungay Black Dog Runners. This year the event will take place on Tuesday 26th June 2018. 

So far we have raised an incredible £59,180 and this year we hope to smash the £60,000 "diamond" milestone. 

Donations came be made via sponsorship forms or via our giving page

Building on the success of last year, some staff and sixth form students are organising a triathlon ending with the 5km run alongside the rest of the school. To donate to the triathlon please click here 

Beccles Cycle for Life

The Beccles Cycle for Life is an annual sponsored charity cycle ride, setting off from Sir John Leman High School. The event is run by Rotary Club of Beccles, with profits from the event split equally between the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the club's charitable trust. 

On Sunday 13th May 2018, Beccles Cycle for Life celebrated its 17th year, with around 250 cyclists riding a variety of routes.

To make a donation to the Beccles Cycle for Life, please click here

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Aluwani Foundation

In 2017 we raised a total of £3,331, with just over £3,000 being donated to the Aluwani Foundation and the rest to purchase tress to off-set the school's carbon footprint. 

The Aluwani Foundation has now received the funds which have been used towards a food and water security project in Ga-Dikgale, installation of water collection systems at eleven of the childcare facilities and fencing at a further two facilities. 

Raising and Giving (RAG) Week

RAG Week is the second biggest fundraising focus at Sir John Leman High School and a fitting end to the Autumn Term. Rag Week sees the school putting on various events led by the Sixth Form Council and numerous other students across year groups, events such as cake sales, 'Are You Smarter Than a 12 Year Old?', 'Leman's Got Talent', 'Staff's Got Talent', 'Minion Auction' and various sporting competitions (along with brave Sixth Formers having their heads shaved!). The past few years have seen a resurgence in funds raised and an ever-increasing tightening ofthe SJLHS community and ethos. We're proud of what our students do and give during this time; regardless of how much is given individually, it is the total raised and the quality of events that we're proud of. 


Beccles Twinning Gala Dinner

Beccles Town Twinning Association marked its Ruby Twinning Anniversary with Petit Couronne with a weekend of celebrations. We welcomed 28 of the delegation into the school on Friday morning. Their presence caused great interest and lots of questions about twinning. 

There was little time to draw breath as the hall needed transforming into a banqueting hall! This really was a team effort with the catering staff, the site team, staff, students and twinning committee members getting the hall ready to welcome guests. The weather held, and guests enjoyed music played by our students, whilst having canapes and summer fizz in the Atrium and garden, before making their way to school hall.

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Once seated, they listened to music and speeches from our MP, Peter Aldous, The Mayor of Beccles, Richard Stubbings and representatives from Petit Couronne and Arlem. The guests, ageing from 8 to 80, then enjoyed a traditional roast dinner of beef and Yorkshire pudding followed by strawberries and a delicious warm honey and pepper sauce. 

Ceremonial cake cutting and coffee followed, accompanied by a performance from the combined U3A Musical Group.

Special thanks to all the students who took part during the event. They really did the school proud - something Mr Taylor, who was representing the school, didn't tire from hearing from the guests all evening!

Coffee Mornings

The Sixth Form Council have put together two of these amazing events, with a whole-school bake and cake sale which saw nearly the whole school getting involved in some way. Members of our local care homes, community groups, church groups and general community were invited to join us to eat, drink and chat alongside our Sixth Formers and enjoy entertainment provided by various students here at SJLHS. The totals we raised at both of our coffee mornings are as follows:-

MacMillan Coffee Morning we raised: £550
Alzheimers Coffee Morning: £353.97

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Red Nose Day

There were flashes of red everywhere as many students and staff wore something red to support Red Nose Day! Thank you to those who purchased red noses, to those who baked and bought cakes, to the students and staff who put up with being pelted with 'squirty cream' pies and to those who got the hall 'rocking' at lunchtime.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the day such a fundraising success, the final total raised was a fantastic £1,875.97!

Basketball Camps

The Venue recently had the pleasure of hosting a Basketball Camp in Partnership with Basketball England for a fantastic group of players from London and Luton. 

A great time was had by all, with the young people taking part in not only basketball but also Team Building activities and orienteering on Beccles Common. 'Beccles Bombers' Basketball Team were instrumental in bringing the event to Beccles. The team regularly play at the community sports centre here at Sir John Leman - further details can be found on our website. 

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Crazy Hat Day

Students and staff donned hats, baked and ate cakes, purchased raffle tickets and wore non-uniformon the last day of the Spring Term in aid of Sport Relief, Brain Tumour Research and Parikhrma Humanitarian Foundation, who run schools and offer support to families in Bangalore, India. We raised a grand total of £996.

We also held a 'Walk and Talk' around the main school field to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health and the part that fresh air and chatting can do to maintain this. A great event enjoyed by all who took part. 


Armistice Day

A one minute of silence was observed on Friday 11th November throughout the school to commemorate the end of the First World War, and for those killed in combat both then and also more recently. 

Students and members of staff stopped what they were doing to show their respect and to listen to 'The Last Post' and 'Reveille' played by three groups of our students, representing all year groups at strategic points aroud the school. 

Mr Taylor reported on the event, expressing his thanks to all involved "Many thanks to all, for your support and contribution this morning which enabled us, as a school, to mark this event respectfully and with dignity. The muscians, as ever made a significant contribution to our short act of remembrance, for which I thank them on everyone's behalf. We should be proud of such moments in our school". 

Throughout the week we had a small stand in our main reception area, dedicated to Remembrance Day. Our contribution to local commemoration events continued on Sunday where our Head Boy and Head Girl attended a ceremony at the Town Memorial, laying a poppy wreath on behalf of the school. 

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