Albany Academy’s students have been full of festive cheer this Christmas with a wide range of events and activities taking place to celebrate the festive season. Students have been, choir singing in a local residential home, hosting a Christmas fair, performing in a Christmas Concert, enjoying a pantomime, trying to help a terminally ill child’s Christmas a little brighter, donating food and drinks to those who need them the most at Christmas time, making festive food and raising money for Save the Children by joining in the national Christmas jumper day.
The festive fun started with the Albany choir brightening up the local community at Marley Court residential home. The choir, who perform all year round, performed their own renditions of popular carols and read poems to the residents. The students were warmly received by all.
Head of the Albany Academy Choir, Chloe Cutler, said, “The students practiced really hard for their performance and showed great dedication. The students gave a brilliant pefromance and the residents seem to really enjoy it.”
Students took the time to give to those most in need as they donated items to the Living Waters Church Christmas Food bank appeal. The response from the students, their families and staff to this appeal was overwhelming. A large donation of over 500 items including tins, drinks and various other food products was handed to volunteers at Living Waters Church. Head of Year 8 and 9 Gina Lewis who coordinated the appeal said, “I am always overwhelmed by the generosity of our pupils & this year is certainly no different! I would like to say a big thank you to all that donated items to the appeal.”
Carol Halton from Living Waters Church said, “We would like to thank Albany for their support. The items Albany gave to our appeal made such a huge difference and was much appreciated. It came at just the right time as we have a very busy week ahead with more than 600 bags of food to go out via our children’s centres and other partner organisations.”
The Year 7 and 8 students were treated to a pantomime performed by actors and actresses from the Chaplin’s Pantomimes production company. They also had the chance to make Rice Krispie Christmas Trees after school. The students thoroughly enjoyed both experiences that were on offer.
One of the key events Albany run each Christmas time is the Year 7 Christmas fair. Year 7 students at Albany Academy get to experience what it is like to organise their very own fundraising event. The students who organised every aspect of the event including the stalls, marketing and prizes had a great response from all who attended. Students were able to enjoy traditional fairground games with a Christmas Twist. Stalls included, ‘Snow ball the teacher’, Play your Christmas cards right’, ‘Christmas tree surprise’ and ‘Pin the nose on the snowman’.
As well as the stalls the visitors to the event were treated to performances of festive music by the Albany Academy Choir and were able to enjoy refreshments at the Fair Trade café. The event received excellent support from local business who donated prizes. Companies who supported the event included, Ebb and Flow book shop, the Co-operative Food Store in Adlington, Fredericks Ice Cream Parlour, Chorley Fitness, Chorley Council, Morrison’s, Lancashire Ice, Dan Birchall Building and Landscaping, Birchall Building Services LTD, Bubble ‘N’ Shake and Euxton Park Golf Centre who all donated a wide variety of prizes to give away. The Spinners Arms at Cowling were extremely generous as they donated a £25 voucher that could be spent in their restaurant.
In total the pupils raised nearly £700 thanks to an amazing effort from all involved. This money will help support ‘Derian house’ to continue to deliver its vital services to young people and their families.
Head of Year 7, Miss Birchall, who had helped the students to organise the event said, “This Years Christmas fair has been the best one yet. I am absolutely overwhelmed by the amount of money we have been able to raise. I am so proud of the Year 7 students the way they have risen to this challenge."
Albany staff and students tried to brighten up Christmas for one child. Sophie Jackson, who is very ill in hospital in Salford sent out a plea, for Christmas she'd like to receive 1000 Christmas cards. Albany were able to send over 100 cards to Sophie’s appeal to help make her Christmas that little bit brighter. Miss Fox, Head of the Science Faculty at Albany who coordinated the appeal said, “After watching North West tonight and seeing the appeal for Sophie Jackson, I told my tutor group; Sophie is 10 years old from Salford and is gravely ill and her father would like her to receive 1000 Christmas cards. Immediately they wanted to get involved and I invited the rest of the school to send a card too. So far we've collected over 100 cards.”
If you would like to send a card, the address is;
C/O Knutsford delivery office
To mark the end of a fabulous autumn term at Albany students supported the national Christmas jumper day to raise money for the charity ‘Text Santa appeal’. Students donated £1 to wear a festive item of clothing and over 600 was raised in total. Deputy Head, Karen Lowe who organised the fundraiser said, “Staff and students supported the national text Santa appeal. The money raised is split between Save the Children, Make a Wish and Macmillan Cancer support charities. It was fantastic to see the wide range Christmas Jumpers and the money raised goes to such a worthwhile cause.”
Students finished off the Albany festivities with a fantastic Christmas concert where students performed a wide range of songs from many different musical genres. The students’ performances caught the eye of Headteacher Peter Mayland who was completing his first term at Albany, and had this to say, “Our students are so talented and work extremely hard to support each other and the local community. My first Christmas at Albany Academy has been delightful and through their generosity and good spirits our staff and students embody the real meaning of Christmas.”