CHILDREN will be getting on their scooters, covering the distance from Nazareth to Bethlehem.

Pupils at St Frideswide Primary School, the former primary phase of St Gregory the Great Catholic School, are taking part in the challenge to raise money for charity.

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Headteacher Hannah Forder-Ball said: “Each year during Advent, we try to choose charities to support that we think help our local community.

“The house captains have been busy researching and have chosen Age UK as one of the charities.

“We all really love the older people in our own families and we want to help to make sure that all of them, and those like them, have everything they need and are not lonely at Christmas.”

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Students in the school’s scooter club and Ms Forder-Ball will all be doing their bit to help reach the 90 mile target.

Year 6 pupil Eve Edwards said: “It’s exhausting but it’s worth it, we are helping others and getting fit at the same time.

“I’d rather do it this way than on a donkey.”

The Nazareth to Bethlehem route is the one the Bible states that Mary and Joseph took, on a donkey, with Bethlehem being the biblical birthplace of Jesus.

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St Frideswide officially opened on November 1 when it joined the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust.

The separation of St Gregory’s into two phases means each can now be inspected as standalone schools by Ofsted.

The secondary phase of St Gregory’s joined the Pope Francis MAC last month.

The charity scoot continues throughout December.