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Students complete danceathon for tracksuits

By Gary Lawrence

MULTIPLE performing art students from St Vincent College were able to “strut their stuff” as they took part in a five hour danceathon recently, which allowed them to raise crucial funding for tracksuits and boost their chances of completing an external exam routine.

The sponsored event was organised by trainee student Rhiannon Snell alongside students Keeleigh Jones and Maddison Clarke in hope of raising money. Participants from the School of Personalised Learning took part in the danceathons; each taking turns from 9:45am to 3pm as they were joined by fellow students.

The group were aiming to raise enough funds for tracksuits, which would be used to undertake a routine for their RSL Level 2 Diploma in Creative and Performing Arts. And they raised a total of £290 that will more than cover these costumes, whilst extra money will be used towards buying props and costumes for the summer school.

Teacher Karen Philip said: “The students danced all day, with groups having time slots throughout the day to attend. We even had Principal Andy Grant along to join in, which the students loved. I was extremely pleased and proud of the students’ efforts. Their external exam has very little input from me and when they decided they wanted the tracksuits it was they who had the idea of the danceathon to pay for them.”

Principal Andy Grant added: “It was brilliant to see the passion and the commitment the students have for performing and this novel way of raising the money was typical of their enthusiastic approach to learning. I was very pleased to join in, although I don’t think my dancing contributed much to the artistic impact.”

The danceathon marks another success for the School of Personalised Learning, which was recently rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted Inspectors when they visited late in 2023. Readers can find out more about the courses on offer by visiting

PICTURED BY ST VINCENT COLLEGE MEDIA: Students complete danceathon to help them raise money for tracksuits, where they were joined by Principal Andy Grant.