Pictures: Dagenham teachers drenched in ‘I’m A Celebrity’ style challenge

PUBLISHED: 12:01 29 June 2015 | UPDATED: 12:48 29 June 2015

Teachers get soaked completing the obstacle course as part of Rush Green Primary School's I'm A Teacher Get Me Out Of Here challenge

Teachers get soaked completing the obstacle course as part of Rush Green Primary School's I'm A Teacher Get Me Out Of Here challenge


Revenge is a dish best served cold - and covered in locusts, tarantulas and mealworm, apparently.

After years spent slogging over their homework year six pupils at Rush Green Primary School chose their summer fete to get their own back on teachers.

These young entrepreneurs conjured up a business idea based on ITV’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here – but instead it was tutors running for dry land.

They were put through their paces during a challenging day of fun at the Dagenham Road school on Thursday, which involved insect gobbling and being drenched by water-logged sponges.

Year six teacher Caroline Ashby said it was the most fun they had all day, but recognised: “The teachers getting soaked for two hours probably didn’t think so.”

The 22-year-old bravely stepped up to the eating test which involved munching on tarantula legs, locusts, meal worm and washing the lot down with an extra spicy chilli lemonade.

“It was disgusting. The worst thing was the tarantula leg,” Caroline recalled.

“It kind of got stuck in my throat and was like swallowing a twig.”

Teachers who volunteered for the full onslaught were put through four gruelling rounds with headteacher Simon Abeledo emerging the winner.

He was forced to wear a nine stone snake around his neck but still managed to call the day “an awesome experience”.

The event was the climax to the Virgin “fiver challenge” - a business workshop which the students have been working on through out June.

Each year six group was given a fiver and had to design a logo, a corporate identity and come up with an advert before presenting their ideas in a Dragon’s Den style pitch to their teachers.

Thousands of schools took part across the country but one Rush Green pitch placed the school in the top three.

“The school made £388 from the day but we haven’t finished counting yet,” said Caroline.

“It was really good fun and the children enjoyed it. Having some ownership has built their confidence and enthusiasm.”

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Barking and Dagenham Post. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Barking and Dagenham Post