Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Lunch Letter (Years 7-11)

Red Christmas sweater and letter board with words Christmas jumper day.

Dear Parents/Carers 

Re: Christmas Jumper/Non-Uniform Day and Christmas Lunch – Wednesday 13th December 2023- Year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11

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. In recent years, Save the Children has provided invaluable support to many families, helping them to access food vouchers, as well as providing emotional support. 

The Bantabami charity supports an AIDS orphanage in South Africa that the academy has been supporting for many 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 2024.

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 

Christmas lunch will take place on Wednesday 13th December. 

  • Lunch includes main meal, dessert, drink and Christmas cracker and will cost £3.50.
  • The main course only is £2.55 and dessert only is £1.55. 
  • Students eligible for free school meals will be able to have the full Christmas lunch.

Please find attached the menu. Students will be asked in tutor time next week whether they will choose a Christmas lunch, so we can give numbers to the kitchen in advance.  This module will end on Friday 15th December at 12:30pm for students.

We thank you in advance for your continued support for our charity fund-raising activities and we hope that all of our community joins in with our festivities. 

Yours faithfully 

Julia Collins | Principal

Christmas lunch Menu