Teachers tasted the terror of “bushtucker trial” food when they were served catfood, worms, chillis and a fiery drink during a charity challenge.

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Five staff at Sheringham High School braved the stomach-churning test during an “I’m a Teacher...Get me out of Here!” session watched by students.

Their efforts helped the school raise a total of £2,800 for the Save the Children Syria appeal.

Head Tim Roderick said the staff all did well in the challenge - especially graphics teacher Miles Howard who downed the dodgy treats the quickest, though head of English Darren Posthill was declared the winner by the judges.

As well as eating a whole tin of cat food, worms normally fed to the school locusts, and three big red hot chillis, they had a drink made from Tobasco sauce, mustard, Thai fish sauce and Worcestershire sauce.

They also had to go apple bobbing in a bowl of chopped tomatoes.

“That is the only one I would have done,” said Mr Roderkick. The other staff taking part were RE teacher Jo Paffett, physics teacher Rob Hazelwood, and head of PE Joe McGlinchey.

The week of events also saw a talent show, which featured saw nine acts singing, dancing and performing music including classical guitar. It was won by Year 10 pupil Georgia Atkins singing ET by Katy Perry.

Other events during a week of out-of-lesson activities and sponsored events, included a servant auction, where pupils bid for the services of staff and sixth formers. The bidding was topped by £105 for Mr Howard to help with homework, making drinks and carrying books.

Mr Roderick said : “The students chose the charity themselves, having been deeply moved by the plight of millions of children in Syria and surrounding countries. The school was determined to do something to help provide food, safe water, medicine and shelter for Syria’s children.

He added: “I am immensely proud of our students. It provides further evidence of the very positive work being undertaken by young people today”.

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