Harry Redknapp has done it, so has Nick Knowles and Fleur East, even Noel Edmonds has endured one, and now the staff at Lincoln University Technical College (UTC) have taken part in a charity Bush Tucker Trial!
Organised by the school’s Key Stage 5 student council, the I’m A Celebrity inspired challenge saw principal John Morrison and vice principal Stuart Hamer going to head to head and eating a smorgasbord of sickly snacks! Three other members of the teaching team, Mr Lewin, Mr Fielding and Mr Archer also took part.
All of the money raised through student and staff donations, expected to be in the region of £300, will be presented to Newark Women’s Aid, a charity that supports women and children affected by domestic violence. The charity also runs The Refuge, a shelter for women relocating due to domestic abuse.
Students Dillon Rickard and Bailey Mays took on the role of Holly and Ant, dishing up the delights for Messrs Morrison and Hamer to taste.
"We do quite a lot of fundraising here at Lincoln UTC," says Bailey. "This year we thought we do something a little bit different. I’ve been watching I’m A Celebrity and love seeing the Bush Tucker Trials so thought we’d ask the teachers to take part in one and raise money for charity. I didn’t expect them to say yes! Mr Morrison and Mr Hamer have been fantastic, and I just hope they’re not too poorly after eating the special Christmas dinner we’ve prepared for them!"
The morose menu included duck feet, critters, a green tea concoction with mussels and shellfish bits, and tripe all prepared by students at the school.
"It was a disgusting experience but I think it’s brilliant that our students stage so many events in aid of charity and we’re keen to encourage them in that respect, though I don’t think I will be repeating this particular type of fundraising activity!" says Mr Morrison
Every Christmas, the students at Lincoln’s specialist science, technology, engineering and mathematics school stage several charity events. This year, as well as the Bush Tucker Trial, they are also collecting donations of food and personal hygiene products through a Reverse Advent Calendar, where students bring in items to donate to the chosen charity, which this year is the Nomad Trust.
Opened in 2014, Lincoln UTC provides specialist science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for 14 to 19-year-olds. The school offers GCSEs, BTECs and A Levels and currently sits on top of the Department of Education’s league table for A Level progress, with student success outperforming all other Lincolnshire schools. It works closely with a range of industry partners and the University of Lincoln to provide a wide range of activities and experiences not offered by traditional comprehensives and academies.
Unlike other schools, Lincoln UTC accepts applications from students all year-round, with 12 students changing their minds about where to study and joining the UTC last month.