Dyke House students unleash the dragon!

Dyke House Sports and Technology College Dragon charity group members (rear left to right) Jacob Bartram, Rebecca Ward, Charlie Elston, Abbie Harrison, Dulcie Rodgers and Kirsty Hall with Lisa O'Leary (left) and Beth Scott

Dyke House Sports and Technology College Dragon charity group members (rear left to right) Jacob Bartram, Rebecca Ward, Charlie Elston, Abbie Harrison, Dulcie Rodgers and Kirsty Hall with Lisa O'Leary (left) and Beth Scott

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THE dragon has been unleashed at a school as students embark on a huge charity mission.

Dyke House Sports and Technology College, in Hartlepool, has launched DRAGON, which stands for Dykehouse Raise And Give OrganisatioN.

It is the first of its kind in a UK school and modelled on student-run university raise and give (RAG) groups.

Students are working with Durham University Charities Kommittee (DUCK), a student-led charity fundraising organisation. The aim is for the school’s year groups to raise the most amount of money for their chosen charities.

Events throughout the year will include dragon boat racing on the River Wear, dragons’ den and the first town-wide ‘Odd-sock’ day. Things will kick off in style next Friday when the years compete to raise money for BBC Children in Need.

English teacher Martin Dorset-Purkins said hundreds of fundraising ideas are in the pipeline.