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Families get an ice surprise

PUBLISHED: 11:28 12 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:00 05 July 2010

ROMAN Hill Middle School has created its own winter wonderland for the benefit of the local community.

The school in Avondale Road, Lowestoft, invited pupils, their brothers and sisters, parents and residents in the vicinity to their own version of Dancing on Ice as they got a chance to skate round a synthetic rink.

ROMAN Hill Middle School has created its own winter wonderland for the benefit of the local community.

The school in Avondale Road, Lowestoft, invited pupils, their brothers and sisters, parents and residents in the vicinity to their own version of Dancing on Ice as they got a chance to skate round a synthetic rink.

As each group took their turns, some were teetering on their boots, while others mastered the art more quickly.

For those who needed warming up, headteacher Paul Herod served up hot dogs and burgers, while hot chocolate was also available for a minimal price.

Children made plenty of gifts to sell on the various stalls, for only 10 pence a piece, while a tombola and raffle created great interest and masses of prizes.

A candy floss stall also gave the pink sticky sweet away for free.

The evening on Tuesday was all part of a plan by assistant headteacher Lynsey Holzer to provide a festive treat for the whole community.

Ms Holzer is currently training to become a headteacher and part of her remit is to organise events to benefit children and adults outside of the school.

She said: “I just wanted to do something for our children, but also something that would involve the community.

“We have never done something like this before but people have been generous with tombola prizes.”

Although the ice rink cost £2,000 to hire from Leisure Skate in Peterborough, the school managed to use grants available to them for deprived areas to cover it.

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