Torrington students create fund-raiser slum

STUDENTS from Great Torrington School created their own slum as part of an enterprise and charity project based on the hit movie Slumdog Millionaire and the charity organisation Soul Survivor. For two days 18 teenage pupils built and lived in their slum

STUDENTS from Great Torrington School created their own slum as part of an enterprise and charity project based on the hit movie Slumdog Millionaire and the charity organisation Soul Survivor.

For two days 18 teenage pupils built and lived in their "slum" created on land at Week Farm, Kingscott, by permission of Mr and Mrs Glen Bealey.

After erecting their shelter they took part in water collection, making footballs from recycled materials and a game of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Next day they made jewellery and souvenirs for visiting 'tourists' and organised conducted tours, songs and dances.


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Parents and school staff visited the slum and were given rupees to spend in a market the pupils created.

Divided into four teams, the object was to see which could show the most enterprising approach and make the most money, using their own Slumdog rupees.

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RE teacher Ann Sparrow said: "The pupils were fantastic - they showed real initiative and a positive attitude throughout. We are hoping that this activity will not only have helped them to develop enterprise related skills, but will also have given them an idea of some of the hardships suffered by so many people in the world.

"This was a sponsored activity and all money raised will be split between Barnstaple Poverty Action Group and Soul Survivor, a charity which works with people in some of the most deprived areas of the world.

"It was actually the idea of pupil Zoe Lane in Year 8, who felt so strongly about the situation more than a billion people in the world find themselves in, that she pestered me for a year to organise it!

"We owe thanks to Della and Glen Bealey of Week Farm, Maya restaurant of Torrington for donating food and Tamar Trading for donating equipment.

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