Community Projects and Charity Work
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 session 2009/10, Academy pupils and parents raised about £31,000. Most of our events split their earnings between the same nominated charities; the main beneficiaries were Relief Fund for Romania, a UK charity which supports the disadvantaged in a country which continues to suffer badly after a legacy of communist government £1140, Scottish Society of Autism £1782, Age UK £1162, Macmillan Cancer Care £912 and CLIC Sargent £607.
In January an estimated three million people were affected by the Haitian earthquake and in a fabulous response, from both Senior School and Prep School, we were able to donate £6,128 to the relief appeal. In addition, Dairsie's “Burns and Tartan Day” raised £285 for Mary's Meals' work on the island.
The Fashion Show, organised by the PTA, with models from all ages, raised £1000.
Thirty-one 30 kg boxes of text books and novels were shipped to Lekoa Shandu High School and Sasol's Science Education Centre for underprivileged children in South Africa.
In the Senior School, members of Fraser House took part in the Glasgow Sport Relief fun run, running around 190 miles between them. The team had a fundraising goal of £2000, but if we include Dairsie's and Atholl's efforts, the total raised is £4142. The "M Factor" show, organised by Morrison House, raised £480; 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, Children in Need received a cheque for £2231 thanks to the P3 Young Enterprise "Jog in The Park" event. At Atholl several events, including sponsored walks in the local area, raised £1278 for the Children's Hospice Association of Scotland, CHAS. Everyone at Kelvinbridge was just as active, with £2064 being raised for Children 1st at their "Kilts for Kids Day" and a hugely popular jumble sale.