The academy has a long tradition of encouraging pupils to develop an understanding of social responsibility and to engage in a variety of enterprising initiatives to raise much needed funds for charities.
In 2006 a Senior Charity Committee was set up comprising of senior pupils and staff. The committee became involved in the Diced Cap Schools Delta Challenge that year – an initiative offered to Academies in the Aberdeen city and Aberdeenshire. A focus charity was nominated and an ambitious business plan was outlined for the year. That year we raised £3500 and successive years have seen similar amounts donated. In 2011 we were invited to join a new initiative – the Jasmine Charity Challenge – which followed a similar format. Our most successful year followed with a magnificent total of £8000 being raised for ‘500 Miles’ and also a lasting friendship being forged with Olivia Giles, the charismatic founder of the charity.
Annually the Academy has a designated focus charity/charities – many others benefit each year from the hard work of pupils and staff. Examples of this are Fair Trade, Sport Relief, Breast Cancer and the New Hope Trust Shoe Box Appeal. Charity work is something that brings the school and wider community together and develops the four capacities of the Curriculum for Excellence in our pupils.
Our Charity Committee is currently developing its own website.