Poncho pupils learn about Mexico

Pupils and staff at St Mark's CE Primary School, Newtown, dressed as Mexicans during their non uniform day to raise money to help send a former pupil to build a new school in Mexico
Pupils and staff at St Mark's CE Primary School, Newtown, dressed as Mexicans during their non uniform day to raise money to help send a former pupil to build a new school in Mexico
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PUPILS at a Wigan school put on their Sombreros and ponchos to help raise money for charity.

The Mexican-themed day at St Mark’s Primary School in Newtown was all in aid of former pupil Bethany Sharkey, who is heading to the Central American country for the second time to help some of the poorest people in the city of Tijuana.

Pupils payed a donation to dress up in a Mexican theme and staff and pupils all enjoyed a chilli dinner as they look to help raise money for building materials for the project.

Bethany, 16, who is now at Winstanley College, travelled to Mexico last year with the Urban Saints charity.

She said: “It has been a fantastic gesture of support from everybody at St Mark’s to help me raise the money I need to get building materials.

“When I went last year we helped build 12 houses for some of the poorest families in Tijuana. This year I’m going back to do more work there. I have almost reached my sponsorship target of £1,050, which helps buy the building materials we need.”

St Mark’s head, Glen Robinson, said: “Bethany is a great role model for our younger pupils and she even came in to lead an assembly on her work.”