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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Barrow primary school pupils give Keswick to Barrow teachers' team nicknames

THEY are the sort of nicknames students would once only dare whisper behind their teachers’ backs in class.

But at one school the staff are wearing their cheeky monikers on their backs as a badge of pride.

Pupils at St Pius X in Ormsgill have assigned teachers and staff participating in tomorrow’s Keswick to Barrow walk names from the popular Mr Men and Little Miss book series.

Headteacher Amy Bates has predictably been dubbed Little Miss Bossy, while year three teacher Peter Mills earned the title Mr Messy for his untidy desk.

Teaching assistant Gemma Carter is now known as Little Miss Trouble, and caretaker Steve Scrogham has been christened Mr Busy.

The student council, which comprises pupils from each year level, selected names from the popular children’s books for all 12 staff members taking part in the 40-mile charity walk.

Each entrant will wear a specially-designed T-shirt with their character on the back for the duration of the event.

Ms Carter said the idea of the T-shirts simply came about through some idle chit-chat in the staff room one day.

The children needed little encouragement to search through the dozens of Mr Men and Little Miss characters to choose ones that matched their teachers’ personalities.

Mrs Bates, who has been headteacher since September, said the school was fortunate last year to receive £300 from the K2B fund to help upgrade its playground.

She said that show of generosity convinced staff to undertake the arduous challenge so they could raise money and help others.

“It’s a big help to our local charities,” she said. “All the children were really excited to be involved through creating the T-shirts.

“Parents and children have been terrific in sponsoring us.”

Mrs Bates said little initiatives such as this were effective in bring the teachers and children closer together.

“It’s important for children to see that we have fun,” she said.

“We are always told that we are a happy school.”

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Good luck Mr Men and Llittle Miss's

Posted by LallyK on 10 May 2013 at 20:00

Good luck to them. On Monday hope the school kids are gentle with them all!

Posted by Degsy on 10 May 2013 at 18:38

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