A homework task to learn the Waka Waka dance has enabled children from three primary schools to raise a staggering £10,000 for a Zambian charity.
More than 900 pupils from Bishops Parker, St Monica’s and St Thomas Aquinas schools took part in a Zumba for Zambia day.
Dancing alongside them were teachers, governors - and even Everton footballer Brendan Galloway, who is a former pupil of St Thomas Aquinas in Bletchley.
“The children were brilliant,” said headteacher Robert Mundy.
“Approximately 900 of them from nursery to year 6 learned the Waka Waka dance, badgered their families and friends for sponsorship, and performed marvellously on the day.”
Assistant head Mrs Sarah Atherton was filmed performing the dance to enable the children to learn it as a homework project. They all dressed in the colours of the Zambian flag to dance on the day.
Local businesses donated raffle prizes and footballer Brendan performed the raffle draw. There was even a Skype connections to other schools and families at all three school won prizes.
All the money raised will go to the parish charity called SEPO, which is the Zambian word for hope. It supports education in Zambia through the Combini Missionary Sisters.