Beech College Charity Day - Friday 24th March 2017
The chosen charities which we suppored include Comic Relief and ‘Target Ovarian Cancer’. The latter was nominated by a Beech student - Maddie Heighton. Here are some photographs taken on the day:
For the second year running we are inviting all Year 7 students to participate in a sponsored Readathon. Last year over £600 was raised for this cause. It will take place this year between Monday 27 February and Tuesday 18 April, 2017. For more information see parent letter.
Annual Christmas Charity Fair
Our successful Christmas Charity Fair once again raises money for local charities. A total of 14 charities were in attendance on the day and with a steady flow of students, some stalls sold out as early as 11.45am. Figures are now in and a total of £1,762.13 was raised on the day. The students were impeccably behaved and well mannered, a real credit to Tuxford.
Here are some photos celebrating the event
Poppy Appeal 2016
We are very proud of our students who have raised
£616.35 raised for this years Poppy Appeal.
Willow College organised a charity bake off sale on Thursday 17th November for two charities, The Diana Award and Ditch The Label.
A fantastic £2070 raised for Sport Relief at Tuxford Academy
On Friday 18th March, Tuxford Academy organised various activities for Sport Relief. Staff and students were invited to come to school in non uniform. Many staff members dressed in sporting attire.
On Thursday 17th March, 24 students from different year groups (boys and girls) stayed behind after school to make and decorate cakes for a Bake Sale the following morning. The atmosphere in the Food Technology room was fantastic as wonderful creations were made to help raise money for Sport Relief.
Activities on Sport Relief Day included:
- Intercollege ‘Bikeathon’ – this was an Intercollege competition for Key Stage 3 students. The four exercise bikes were positioned in the main reception area. Students had a 15 minute slot where they cycled as far as possible. Ash College won, followed by Oak College 2nd, Willow College 3rd and Beech College 4th.
- Bake Sale of all cakes made and decorated by our students
- Darts competition - students paid £1.00 for six darts
- Penalty Shoot Out – students were invited to test their skills against Business teacher, Mr Richard Dutchak - three shots for 50p.
- Staff Boxing during lunchtime – 12 members of staff took part over six bouts, each bout had two rounds of boxing in an inflatable boxing ring. A member of staff was in the ring acting as referee and another member of staff was the compère. The judges panel consisted of a group of six Post 16 students. Approx 250 students bought tickets sold at 50p each to see the boxers. The audience of students and staff members cheered and booed as the boxers fought the battles.
Executive Principal, Mr David Cotton, said “We enjoyed taking part in Sport Relief, getting our students and staff involved in the fun. It is a great way to bring everyone together and we always come up with something different to raise as much money as possible.”
The Sport Relief Day was organised by Mr Neil Mosley (Head of Beech College) and Mr Oli Tatterson (School Sports Co-ordinator). An incredible £2070 was raised for Sport Relief.
Thank you to all staff and students who supported this event.
This year's Christmas Charity Fair took place in December in the main hall. The final total raised for various locally based charities is still to be announced. A very big thank you to all the students, staff and visitors who came and supported the fair. Here are a selection of photographs from the fair:
The Big Sleep Out - November 2015
Last night while you were all comfortable in your beds, about 45 of our students slept outside in the car park with cardboard and sleeping bags. The weather was pretty good - no frozen body parts, just some drizzle. The aim of the event is to raise awareness and empathy for the homeless as well as funds for Framework - a charity that supports local homelessness. This is the charity we supported with the non-uniform day last week.
A massive thanks to Lizzy Hutson, Frank Nichol and Mark Barr for braving the cold with me. And for everyone else who has supported the organisation and logistics of the event :)
Tuxford Academy Students support Royal British Legion
Local artist Kenny Roach (West Street Galleries, Retford) recently visited Tuxford Academy to share his Artwork installation - ‘The Poppy Tree’ with students, and members of the Royal British Legion.
"The Poppy Tree’ was first created by moulding unwanted vinyl records and has since become a simple yet beautiful symbol of remembrance. The artwork has made several public appearances and is currently being displayed in the ‘Memorial Garden’ at Tuxford Academy.
The poppies enhance the garden - which is used by teachers and students for quiet reflection time - adding colour and meaning at this time of commemoration.
Inspired by the art work, students in Miss Hallam’s tutor group - Willow College have spent a year of form time to hand craft over 200 poppies. They’ve been made from pieces of pre and randomly cut felt, curtain, a red scarf and wool. All with a safety pin and a button. The poppies have been sold throughout the Academy with all proceeds donated to the Royal British Legion.
Claire Hallam, Form Tutor said “The entire form has been involved; both boys and girls have demonstrated their sewing skills. The poppies are all bespoke and some are a very individual…… just like us!” She added, “It’s also been great to have the support of others from the Royal British Legion who gave up their time to help our students with the craftwork.”
In the lead up to Armistice Day, Secretary of the Royal British Legion - Retford, Mrs Ann Hickman visited ‘ The Poppy Tree’ and also held some commemorative events within the school to provide students with time to reflect on the meaning of ‘The Poppy’ and how fund raising supports veterans and their families. “We’re absolutely delighted that students have worked for over a year to produce some beautiful poppies and helped to raise valuable funds – we would like to express our gratitude for the hard work and support of all the staff and students at Tuxford Academy .” commented Mrs Hickman.
As the week of Remembrance activity drew to a close all students took part in special assemblies attended by Veterans from Britain and Russia who all gave moving accounts of their service during the Cold War.
After our Curriculum Day, back in February, we sent the T-shirts that the students had designed to CHiNK to see if they could be any use to the school in Kenya as a PE kit, they were happy to have them and have sent a photo of some of the students wearing them.