We are getting ready to make the days count when we take part in the NSPCC’s Number Day next month.

Smestow students will be going head-to-head in a treasure hunt across the school on February 2nd and 3rd and will also be taking part in Dress Up For Digits, making a donation to wear an item of clothing with a number on it.

By taking part in Number Day 2017, Smestow will be helping the NSPCC to raise vital funds to protect children and prevent abuse through its projects and services, including Childline – the UK’s free, confidential 24-hour helpline and online service for children and young people.

The event will also be helping the charity’s Speak Out, Stay Safe initiative, which sees trained volunteers visiting every primary school in every community across the UK to talk to children about abuse and where to get help if they need it.

Mrs Caroline Horton, maths teacher at Smestow, said: “Number Day is a brilliant way to raise money for the NSPCC as it allows us to support a worthwhile cause while having fun with maths to support children’s education.

“We are very happy to be involved with the project.”

Lee Mitchell, NSPCC Head of Schools’ Service, said: “It’s great to have the support and involvement of Smestow for Number Day 2017. It is always inspiring to see the creative ways in which pupils and teachers take part in the event.

“Whether it is through our exciting activities or Dress Up For Digits, the money that schools raise helps us in our fight to keep children safe from abuse to allow them to focus on what is important – their hopes, their ambitions and their education.

“The NSPCC is the only children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands.

“Using voluntary donations, which make up more than 90 per cent of our funding, the charity helps children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives, protects children at risk, and finds the best ways of preventing child abuse from ever happening.

“This means that when a child needs a helping hand, we will be there. When parents are finding it tough, we will help. When laws need to change, or governments need to do more, we won’t give up until things improve.”

The NSPCC’s ChildLine service provides a safe, confidential place for children with no one else to turn to, whatever their worry, whenever they need help. Children can contact ChildLine 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 0800 1111 or by visiting www.childline.org.uk

The charity’s free helpline provides adults with a place they can get advice and support, share their concerns about a child or get general information about child protection.

Adults can contact the helpline 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 0808 800 5000, by texting 88858 or visiting www.nspcc.org.uk