At The Academy we pride ourselves on the amount of effort our pupils put in to help the community at large. Below are some examples of their activity.
During the last year, Academy pupils and parents have raised about £32,000. Most of our events split their earnings between the same nominated charities; the main beneficiaries were, Hope and Homes for Children £2277, Concern World Wide £2045, Lepra £2000, CLIC Sargent £1078 and Roald Dahl Foundation £1078.
We continue to collect unwanted books to be shipped to the developing world and Brian, our janitor, drove a whole van full to the READ International depot in Edinburgh.
One of the highest profile events of the year, involving more staff and pupils than any other single event, was Cancer Research's "Shine" night-time walking marathon through the streets of Glasgow. In September 51 pupils and staff took part; starting at 9.40 in the evening the last of the full marathon walkers crossed the finish line inside the SECC at around 7.45 the following morning - 29 walked the full marathon and 22 walked the half. This and other events organized by Fraser House, raised a staggering total £8414. The "M Factor" show, organised by Morrison House, raised £550; the money goes to sponsoring a six-year-old child in Ethiopia through World Vision.
The Prep School supports a wide range of charities every year. Not only does this help those in need, but it also fosters a sense of social responsibility within the children. At Dairsie, profits from P2 Healthy Tuck Shop, P3 Money Trail and P4 Young Enterprise along with Dairsie Daft Day all contributed to a donation of £1075 to Save the Children. Children in Need received a cheque for £2100 thanks to the P3 Young Enterprise "Jog in The Park" event.
At TGA Milngavie they ran 1 kilometre round the school in aid of Sport Relief and, with money raised from the PTA Pasta Evening, a total of £451 was donated. Everyone at Kelvinbridge was just as active, with £2973 being raised for Children 1st at their "Kilts for Kids Day" a Bring and Buy Sale.