Bishop Bell teachers getting lippy - but all for a good cause!

Bishop Bell Church of England Secondary School staff grew moustaches for Movember. November 29th 2011 E48151M. (L to R): Gavin Filkins, Terry Boatwright, Luke Honeybourne, Richard Newham-Bentley and Beruk Berhane
Bishop Bell Church of England Secondary School staff grew moustaches for Movember. November 29th 2011 E48151M. (L to R): Gavin Filkins, Terry Boatwright, Luke Honeybourne, Richard Newham-Bentley and Beruk Berhane

TEACHERS at Bishop Bell School have spent the last month being teased by students over a clutch of hairy caterpillars found migrating to their upper lips.

As part of the international cancer awareness drive Movember, male teachers at the school have been growing moustaches to raise cash for health charities.

Eight members of staff, led by PE teacher Lee Watts, started growing moustaches at the beginning of November and have suffered some ridicule and discomfort as their facial hair sprouted.

Mr Watts said, “The itchiness has been getting worse day-by-day and I cannot wait to shave it off” – a sentiment which seemed to be shared by all the teachers.

And it was not just the itching that was causing issues.

Gavin Filkins said that he too was looking forward to being clean shaven again, admitting, “I will not be missing the jokes from my pupils.”

Even Bishop Bell’s executive headteacher, Terry Boatwright, was convinced to take part when one member of staff emailed saying that he would participate if ‘The Boat’ did so too.

Apart from the awareness it has created, the staff hope to raise more than £500 towards male health initiatives.