House Charity Week 2015

by Vashti Turner  on November 27, 2015  in  Charity House Competitions

Agnes's winning cake in the Franklin KAA Bake Off in aid of the Oxfam Refugee Appeal
Agnes’s winning cake in the Franklin KAA Bake Off in aid of the Oxfam Refugee Appeal

Last year’s House Charity Week was a fantastic success but this year’s competition was set to be bigger and better with our growing academy. Our new Year 7s really threw themselves into all of the activities in aid of four fantastic charities along with our experienced Year 8s. The total amount raised by each house will be announced during a whole school assembly – with 2000 House Points up for grabs for the biggest total!

The week started with Franklin staff and students raising money for the Oxfam Refugee Crisis appeal. Hamza, Alex and Tyler sold customised House keyrings in the four house colours – a big hit across the school. During break time our Design & Technology teachers Mr Fitton and Ms Molloy judged the amazing entries to KAA Bake Off. The winner was Agnes (7 Matisse) for her brightly coloured, Franklin-themed, tiered cake! During enrichment Franklin staff and students hosted a Bleep Test, Disco, Bake Off Challenge, Science Challenge and Minecraft session with paid entry. Franklin started the week with a fantastic day of fundraising.

Mr Malik taking part in ‘Sponge the Teacher’ to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital

On Tuesday Honeyball collected money for the same charity as last year – Great Ormond St Hospital. Students organised Christmas Gift Elf delivery for students to send messages and gifts to their friends. During enrichment students could choose between a Movie Night, Crossbar Challenge, Fifa Tournament, Sponge the Teacher or Minecraft. Teachers that braved the sponge included Mr Malik, Miss Dench, Mr Miller, Miss Ridley, Miss Hitchcock and Ms Molloy. There was definitely some better aimed sponge-throwing than last year! There was a great atmosphere across the school as students got involved in the array of activities on offer.

MAJ (Mahi, Adjei and John) - winners of KAA's Got Talent 2015
MAJ (Mahi, Adjei and John) – winners of KAA’s Got Talent 2015

Angelou students were raising money for Crisis at Christmas on Wednesday. At break time students sold some delicious cakes, goody bags and tombola tickets, but the highlight of the day was our second KAA’s Got Talent. In front of a packed crowd, including family and friends of KAA and our panel of judges – Mr Malik, Miss Hitchcock, Ms Yearwood and Ms Rieder – students sang, danced, rapped, performed magic, and played the violin and bass guitar. The crowd were incredibly supportive of these INTREPIDUS students, cheering them on throughout. The judges made an unanimous decision that John, Adjei and Mahi (Year 7) were the outright winners for their fantastic break-dancing performance as MAJ. Year 8s Zena and Johara won second place for their duet of Neon Lights, and the crowd’s favourite Asia (Year 7) took third place for her acapella version of Adele’s Hello. As students and family members left Angelou students sold cakes and Oreo milkshakes to the delighted crowd.

Pankhurst staff and students at the beginning of the 3k Fun Run

The final day of fundraising fell to Pankhurst, who have chosen to support Humanitas this year. The day was packed with activities including ‘Guess the Number of Sweets in the Jar’, a cake sale and Hot Chocolate stand. Chloe (7 Hepburn) guessed just 1 off the total of 194 sweets in the jar to win them all! During enrichment students could chose between Karaoke, Mini-Olympics, Movie Night, ‘Egg the Student’, Table Tennis, Minecraft, or Staff vs Students football. Mr Miller’s impressive acrobatics in goal meant that the teacher team kept a clean sheet throughout every game. However, a group of Year 7 girls kept the staff to a tense 0-0 draw. The most impressive fundraising idea of the week was the 3k sponsored run completed by a group of resilient Pankhurst staff and students. Pankhurst’s efforts were a fantastic end to the week of fundraising.

There is huge excitement as students await the total amount raised by each house. A huge thank you to all staff and students for their enthusiasm and hard work during House Charity this week.

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