Rag Week 2015

The presence of Johnny English, Miley Cyrus and a Minion at Wyke Sixth Form College could mean only one thing: it was Fancy Dress Friday again!

Photographs from the day are available to view on our Flickr site.

It was the colourful closing day of the annual Rag Week event, which sees students and staff taking part in a variety of activities for a good cause.

Or rather two good causes: the Special Stars Foundation, which provides social activities and trips for children and young people with disabilities in Hull and East Yorkshire; and Mind, the mental health charity.

There was Cultural Awareness Day, featuring dance and music events reflecting other cultures, as well as language classes; Sports Day, with events including students and staff donning Sumo suits to battle it out; and Duvet Day, which gave students a chance to wear their pyjamas to College.

One of the standout events of this year’s Rag Week was the Food Festival, with a Hog Roast stall, as well as crepe, cheesecake and candy floss stands.

Charities Officer of the Student Executive at the College, Alex Blake-Barnard, 17, helped co-ordinate the programme of events. She said: ‘The Food Festival was really popular.

‘It was inspiring to see how many local businesses, including Love Hog Roast, The Chocolate Box, Candy Creations and The Crepe Company, were willing to set up stalls in the College and give a proportion of their profits to charity.

‘I’d particularly like to single out Emma’s Cheesecakes, who donated £90 on top of their existing donation!’

Principal Jay Trivedy said, ‘The fact that over £1,600 has been raised for charity is excellent, but whether raising money or merely raising a smile, it was great to see these events bring the whole of the College together.’

Alex Blake-Barnard agrees: ‘Thanks to the efforts of the staff and students who participated, Rag Week has raised over £1,600 for the Special Stars Foundation and Mind.

‘But I was just as impressed with the atmosphere generated, and really feel this week has done a lot to promote other cultures within the College.’