Spanish night at Dagenham school raises £900 for expedition

Dancers at Jo Richardson School's Spanish night

Dancers at Jo Richardson School's Spanish night - Credit: Archant

Senses were alive with Spanish tastes and rhythms at a special fundraising night at Jo Richardson School.

Students and staff serve food at the school's Spanish night

Students and staff serve food at the school's Spanish night - Credit: Archant

Staff and students raised more than £900 on Friday last week for an upcoming expedition to Nicaragua, and will use the money to refurbish a small rural school in Granada.

More than 180 people were treated to a dinner of paella, tortillas, Spanish chicken and spicy soup – all prepared by staff and students – before dancers entertained the guests with their enthusiasm and vibrant costumes.

A total of 42 students from years nine to 13, and 10 members of staff, will spend 16 nights in the Caribbean as part of their global challenge to help a small community.

“This has been a real team effort and has allowed the team to bond in readiness for our mammoth adventure,” said teacher Kala Boller.

“We offer such expeditions every two years in order for our young people to experience the world of travel and that is something we are very proud of at Jo Richardson.”