Last Friday, Head Girl Chloe Stevens from Year 11 and Talia Stanley from Year 10 joined the 283 Members of the UK Youth Parliament aged between 11-18 taking part in a debate in the House of Commons chamber, chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons Rt Hon John Bercow MP. This event marked the start of Parliament Week – an annual national awareness week which aims to build greater awareness, understanding and engagement with parliamentary democracy in the UK.
Youth Health Champions are students who act as ‘Health Advisors’ to their peers. Following their training on causes and consequences of unhealthy behaviours they will be able to work as a team, providing help and support to other students who might be involved in activities that could damage their health.
Please congratulate Sarah Stevens 8N, Katie Helliar 8E and Madison Evans 9L on winning a Jack Petchey Award. Numerous students were nominated by staff, students and the school council, so it was a very tough decision for the judging panel to make.
Once again this year, the school has held a very successful Christmas Shoe Box appeal. Students from all year groups filled shoe boxes with toys, clothing, sweets and other presents and these boxes will be sent to children all over the world who are currently living in war zones or in poverty.
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Alec Hunter Year 8 student William Pennington has taken the top prize in a cooking competition run by a local restaurant with his chocolate and orange fondant dessert.
This is the second time that our budding chefs have fought off competition from other schools to scoop the spoils, after Alice Clark won in June 2013.
The school is supporting the Samaritan’s Purse ‘Operation Christmas Child’ campaign. This charity sends Christmas boxes to children all over the world who live in poverty, war affected areas, etc and who would therefore not otherwise receive Christmas presents. Students have been asked to make up as many shoe boxes as possible in their tutor groups. The tutor group with the most boxes in each year group will receive a prize.
Calling all former students of Alec Hunter! If you used to attend Alec Hunter and would like to get back in touch with the school, then we would love to hear from you! Sign up to our former student network by visiting www.networks.futurefirst.org.uk/former-student/alechunter so we can update you on what’s happening at the school and inform you of opportunities to get involved in supporting our current students. We look forward to hearing from you!
Alec Hunter Academy opened its doors to the public on Thursday 2nd October for the annual Open Evening, which this year attracted a record number of visitors. Our very welcoming and personable prefects led tours of the school, Mr Lawn made his presentation to a packed hall and our Curriculum Areas impressed with a wide variety of interactive activities and displays.
On Thursday 18th September, Alec Hunter staged its 6th Sports Awards Evening and this year’s event was our biggest yet. Over 160 students were nominated for awards ranging from the Colour Awards, for attendance, participation and commitment to school sport, to the all-important Sports Personality of the Year.
This most prestigious award went to Erika Manzano, who has attended nearly every club available since she joined us in Year 7 and over the last four years she has represented the school in a huge number of sports at a high level, making her a very deserving and popular winner.