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Pupils and headteacher swap places for a day

PUBLISHED: 13:32 23 February 2010 | UPDATED: 08:21 02 July 2010

Children swapped places with their headteacher for a day to raise money for East Anglian Children's Hospices.

Luke Arnold, 10, and his deputy, Alex Richardson, five, took part in the role reversal as part of the charity's fund-raising Head Back to School Day.

Children swapped places with their headteacher for a day to raise money for East Anglian Children's Hospices.

Luke Arnold, 10, and his deputy, Alex Richardson, five, took part in the role reversal as part of the charity's fund-raising Head Back to School Day.

Parents paid £1 to have their child's name entered into a draw for the chance to be head or deputy for the day, raising more than £150 for EACH.

Dressed in their best, Luke, 10, and Alex, 5, sat with the other staff in assembly, wrote something for the school newsletter, and handed out stickers for good behaviour. They also met a school governor to discuss ideas for improving the school. One of Luke's practical suggestions had been: “To stop talking and get on with lessons.”

Meanwhile the school's usual head, Jan Harazdiuk , arrived for her day of lessons in school uniform and unsuitably high shoes. She blotted her copybook further by fidgeting and talking in assembly and running in the corridors, earning herself a detention at break time.

She had wanted to highlight ways in which pupils sometimes flouted the rules and had been impressed at how keen the children were to correct her, by showing her good manners and the right way to behave.

Mrs Harazdiuk, who joined Millfield in September, said: “It sounded like a really good idea. Not only fund-raising for a good cause, but having a bit of fun.”

As a newcomer to the school, Mrs Harazdiuk said she had also welcomed an opportunity to re-establish the school's ethos and vision, and get insight into it from the children's perspective.

Luke would like to be a head teacher when he grows up but Alex has other plans. She said: “I want to be a person who puts out fires.”

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