CHILDREN put on their warmest, wackiest and most festive jumpers in a bid to raise money for charity.
The pupils from The Flying Bull Academy in Buckland each paid £1 or more to raise money for Save the Children.
They joined hundreds of thousands of people in schools, offices and homes up and down the country in an event titled Make the World Better With a Sweater Day.
Seeley Taylor, six, is in Year 2. She wore a Frozen-themed Christmas jumper.
She said: ‘It’s fun because we get to wear some good Christmas stuff for the day.’
Liam Bailey, nine, is in Year 5 at the school.
He said: ‘It’s good because it’s different. Instead of wearing a normal jumper, we get to wear our Christmas jumpers.
‘We are wearing the jumpers for Save the Children.’
Jasmine Dabell, 11, is in Year 6. She added: ‘It’s good because we are raising money for charity.
‘It’s a nice way to celebrate Christmas.’
Christmas Jumper Day is a national fundraising event in aid of Save the Children.
The money they raise will help save children’s lives around the world, from countries including Syria to Liberia, and from Brazil to Bangladesh.
This year, hundreds of thousands of people up and down the country took part in the initiative.
Samantha Cantini is the deputy headteacher. She said it’s important for the children to think of others at Christmas time.
‘We have been concentrating very much on our values in school, particularly around our value of caring and thinking about others that are maybe less fortunate than ourselves, particularly at this time of year,’ she said.
‘We wanted to reinforce that and get the children to think about others.
‘They have been very excited about wearing their Christmas jumpers today. It’s been the talk all week.’
Headteacher Deamonn Hewett-Dale said: ‘This is the second year we have taken part in this fundraising activity.
‘It was great to see both the staff and children in their Christmas jumpers and T-shirts.
‘We have had a week of assemblies when we have been reflecting on the challenges other children face in countries around the world.’
Children at other schools including Redwood Park in Cosham also took part. And employees at Lakeside in North Harbour also dressed in festive jumpers.