At Alec Hunter Academy we undertake multiple charitable events, here are a few of them:
Children in Need:
Students at Alec Hunter Academy work to support a variety of charities. One of the main charities we raise money for is the BBC’s Children In Need appeal. In November each year there is a week of fundraising events in order to raise money for Children In Need. Each year group is given a day on which to organise events during break and lunch time, and there is a small prize for the tutor group in each year group which raises the most money. Events include cake sales, games to guess the number of sweets in the jar or the weight of the cake, penalty shoot outs, Treasure Island games and bric a brac sales.
There is always a non uniform day on Children In Need day itself and a staff vs basketball match in the sports hall during lunch time on that day. The school also organises a whole school raffle – with prizes in the past having been donated by Jimmy Carr, Jean-Christophe Novelli and Jessica Ennis. Over the last 2 years we have raised a total of £3743.32 for Children In Need.
Video from BBC Children In Need - Look East
Terry Wogan mentioning Alec Hunter Academy:
Comic Relief / Sport Relief:
The Alec Hunter Academy supports both Comic Relief and Sport Relief. There is a non-uniform day on Sport/ Comic Relief day, with all the funds raised being donated to the charity. In 2016 the school held an annual staff vs students basketball match at lunch time on Sport/ Comic Relief day, which was well attended and was great fun. There is always a whole school raffle, with prizes previously having been donated by Jessica Ennis Hill (a signed photo) and the Essex County Cricket Team (a signed cricket bat). In 2016 the school raised £951.40 for Sport Relief.
Operation Christmas Child:
The Alec Hunter Academy holds an annual appeal to collect Christmas boxes for Operation Christmas Child. This charity, organised by the Samaritans, organises for Christmas boxes to be sent to children in parts of the world affected by war, famine or crisis. This means that the children in these countries receive a Christmas parcel when they would otherwise be unlikely to receive anything. The school has a competition to make up Christmas boxes, with the tutor group which makes up the most boxes receiving a small prize. Over the last two years the school has donated a total of 155 boxes to the charity.