This year The Leigh Academy will be continuing our tradition of supporting charities at Christmas, by holding a staff and student ‘Christmas Jumper Day’. This will coincide with a Christmas lunch from our caterers Cucina. Students are encouraged to wear non-uniform for the day along with their very best ‘festive’ jumper or Christmas accessories.
This year, the proceeds of the Christmas Jumper Day will go to two charities, Save the Children and Bantabami.
Save the Children was established in the United Kingdom in 1919 to improve the lives of children through better education, health care, and economic opportunities. Throughout the pandemic, Save the Children has provided invaluable support to many families, helping them to access food vouchers, hand sanitiser and face masks as important emotional support.
The Bantabami charity supports an AIDS orphanage in South Africa that the academy has been supporting for several years. One eighth of the population of South Africa is either HIV+ or has AIDS and hundreds of thousands of orphans have been created because of this terrible disease. Bantabami is a tiny charity that supports the AIDS orphans of Pietermaritzburg, near Durban, providing food, clothing and other practical support to the orphans, as well as the grannies who look after them. Without our support, the charity would cease operating, so we thank you for the donations you make on Christmas Jumper Day this year, which will enable Bantabami to continue its work in 2021.
It is important that students have all their books and equipment for the day and that they wear appropriate non-academy uniform clothing in addition to any Christmas jumper/accessories.
We ask the students and staff to contribute a minimum of £1.00 for the privilege of wearing their own clothes with their Christmas jumper for the day.
Christmas lunch (which includes the main meal, dessert, drink and a Christmas cracker) will cost students £3.50.
The days for non-uniform and Christmas lunch for each Year Group are as follows:
Tuesday 15th December – Year 7 11:45am to 12:30pm
Year 9 12:40pm to 1:20pm
Year 11 1:30pm to 2:00pm
Wednesday 16th December – Year 8 12:15pm to 1:00pm
Year 10 1:15pm to 2:00pm
Post-16 Christmas Brunch
For our Post-16 students we will be offering a Christmas Brunch.
Thursday 17th December – 11:00am – 11:30am
We thank you in advance for your continued support for our charity fund-raising activities and we hope that all of our community join in with our festivities.
Please note that on the days above when your child’s year group is not having Christmas lunch, she/he will still be able to buy lunch from the onsite servery but there will be a reduced offer for that day.