On Sunday 9 December, over 350 Santas came together in the College Dining Hall to complete a 3km or 5km run around the College grounds - in the name of both fun and charity. At 11.30am, over 150 Junior School pupils, staff, parents and even grandparents, all dressed in their red Santa suits, set off on the 1km loop.
The field soon dispersed, with some keen Santas hotfooting it round in next to no time at all and others taking a more leisurely approach. Especial congratulations to Izzi Kemp who romped round the course in no time at all - and then went on to join in the College 5km run straight after! With Christmas music pumping out from the Dining Hall and mince pies and hot hocolate served up to all runners and spectators, the atmosphere was both festive and entertaining.
At 12pm, the College runners set out on their 5km loop, headed up Headmaster Dr Peterken, aka Santa Claus. The emphasis of the event was, of course, on 'fun' and we were delighted that so many of our community turned up to take part - especially mums and dads. We look forward to making it an annual event and opening it up to the whole of CCJS next year.
We're also delighted to report that we managed to raise well over £500, with most of the funds going towards local charity 'Family Space'. This will enable them to take Christmas hampers out to nearly 50 families in West Cheltenham over Christmas and New Year. Mainly filled with basic foodstuffs, the hampers will also contain a few quality items for the families (especially the children) to enjoy - the sort of things that most of us look forward to and take for granted at Christmas.
We also donated £200 to our Junior School charity; the Cotswold branch of the Riding for the Disabled Association.