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 hosting a Christmas fayre, performing in a concert, donating food and drinks to those who need them the most at Christmas time and raising money for Save the Children by joining in the national Christmas jumper day.
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 items including tins, drinks and various other food products was handed to volunteers at Living Waters Church.
Carol Halton from Living Waters Church said, “Thank you so very much to Albany Academy for the amazing donation from pupils and staff, it was just what we needed in the run up to Christmas. Over this Christmas period we are giving out over 500 bags of food to Children’s centres for families at Christmas. What they have given will go a long way to contributing to this project, you have made a huge difference, we appreciate all your efforts and partnership at this time.”
Students were able to be creative making Christmas gifts for love ones after school each day. Students made cards, calendars, chocolate boxes and decorate baubles with the school providing all the resources and equipment to help the students make their unique gifts.
Students were also able to support the charity Molly Ollys who were one of our former student, Harry Grimshaw's chosen charities. Students who wished to send Christmas cards to their friends could do so and raise money for the charity at the same time. Students could bring in one Christmas card and place it on the charity display board in the schools main entrance. This card could be to all their friends, tutor group, teachers or year and the money they have saved by not having to buy multiple Christmas cards was donated to the appeal. In total over a £110 was raised for Molly Ollys.
One of the key events Albany run each Christmas time is the Year 7 Christmas fayre. 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 Santa Bottle Flip, Guess how many sweets in the jar, Chocolate Tombola, Snowball the Teacher, Xmas Cup Pong and a lucky dip.
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, Bubble ‘N’ Shake and Euxton Park Golf Centre who all donated a wide variety of prizes to give away. The Yarrow Gate Restaurant were also extremely generous as they donated a £20 voucher that could be spent in their restaurant.
In total the pupils raised nearly £685 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, said, "Once again I am amazed with the amount of money Year 7 have raised for our year group charity but what has amazed me more is the ownership and enthusiasm that Year 7 have demonstrated throughout this activity. I am once again a very proud Head of Year.’
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’. In total students raised in excess of £1000 For Molly Ollys, the Text Santa Appeal, Derian House and St Catherine’s Hospice in the build up to Christmas.
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 delighted Peter Mayland, Headteacher at Albany who said, “This Christmas our students have entertained and inspired us with their music and singing. This has been a great way to finish off what has been an amazing year.”