Disco for late “legendary” teacher Carmel Jones

Children at Chosen Hill School have put on their own disco in memory of a “legendary” teacher who died two months ago.

The Halloween-themed boogie for years seven, eight and nine raised £400 for diabetes to pay tribute to long-serving teacher Carmel Jones.

Mrs Jones, who lived in Cheltenham and had a passion for netball died following a fall at her home on Wednesday, September 10.

She had worked at the Churchdown school for 29 years as a senior leader and a member of the PE faculty.

The event was solely planned and overseen by year 13 business students as part of their BTEC award and teacher Kirsty Pettit said they showed excellent commitment and team work to pull off the amazing event.

“I was amazed at the attitude of the year 13s as well as the outstanding behaviour shown by all of the pupils who came, it really was a great evening and they should all be extremely proud of themselves,” she said.

“It just goes to show how amazing the pupils are at coming together as a strong community.”

Pupil Josh Molyneux said the customised Diabetes UK wristbands they used as tickets sold out within the first couple days of being made available.

“It gave us the confidence that the event was going to be a success,” he said.

“Our team worked effectively together, making sure that everything from selling tickets to decorating the facility was done to a high standard and the success has helped us donate all profits to the chosen charity Diabetes UK in memory of Mrs Jones.”

Fellow team member Amanda Maksimovica said it was a great experience to see everyone getting involved and seeing how supportive and positive the school was to the idea.

“The success that we gained from this event has not only made us a strong team, but also has helped us to donate towards a cause that matters to us all in memory of beloved Mrs Jones.”

Pupils Zak Oliver and Jamie Harrison said: “We have both experienced organising a school disco before, but this time it was different as we were raising money for a cause close to everyone’s hearts in the school so this gave us a good motive to make it the best disco the school has had!”