This week at KAA was jam packed with Charity Week activities as students across the four houses raised money for Crisis at Christmas, Cancer Research UK, Multiple Sclerosis Trust and West London Action for Children. Each house was allocated one day to raise money at school during break times and enrichment. It was a wonderful opportunity for our Year 12s to work with students in Year 7, 8 and 9 – it was fantastic to see the whole school community working together for such great causes.
The week was kicked off by Honeyball house raising money for West London Action for Children on Monday. At lunchtime students paid to take part in a Mannequin Challenge (video below) or a treasure hunt across the school building. There were also lots of wonderful cakes for sale. After school students could choose to attend one of the special charity week events for a small donation. Honeyball students had organised a crossbar challenge, FIFA tournament, movie night and Minecraft competition. Undoubtedly the highlight of the afternoon was the sponsored teacher leg waxing organised by Year 12, much to the delight of the Year 7, 8 and 9 students in attendance. Many thanks to Mr Fisher and Mr Pavey for taking part!
On Tuesday staff and students in Franklin house collected money for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust. Events organised by Franklin students included breakfast before school, break times pack with a raffle, Christmas gift sale, Cracker Eating challenge and Bottle Flip contest, and trampolining, basketball and Minecraft during enrichment. The handmade Christmas cards sold by Adea (8 Baker) were a lovely and creative addition to break time sales.
On Wednesday it was Angelou’s turn to take over the school with fundraising events for Crisis at Christmas. Students offered hot chocolate and pastries before school. At lunch time there was a tombola, book sale and cake sale. After school students set up a nail bar in reception and created some beautiful nails. There were more cakes and popcorn on sale as students queued up to enter the theatre for the third annual KAA’s Got Talent, hosted by Angelou staff and students. With tickets for the show just £1, this was a popular event and the theatre was packed with over 300 staff and students cheering and applauding enthusiastically throughout – as well as showing their disapproval of Miss Rieder’s Simon Cowell-esque comments as judge.
It was fantastic to see every year group represented in KAA’s Got Talent after the audition stages. There was an array of performances ranging from stand up comedy to a magic show, as well as singers and dance acts. Congratulations must go to all of the performers – it was a fantastic show!
The judging panel – Mr Fisher, Mr Dunning, Miss Hitchcock and Miss Rieder – voted Year 12 student Angelli the 2016 KAA’s Got Talent winner. She wowed the crowd with her dancing – you can watch her performance below! Second place was awarded to Year 7 student Firdaws for her beautiful rendition of Emeli Sande’s Read All About It. Third place went to another dancer – Jayden in Year 9. Many thanks to the performers for taking part, our judges, and of course Mr Kavanagh and Mr Akhlaque for their time and dedication in organising the show.
Pankhurst had the final day of Charity Week to raise money for Cancer Research UK. In addition to cake sales at break time, students organised Staff vs Student football, Egg the Student and a much anticipated Pankhurst Party during enrichment. Students paid £2 for tickets and were treated to karaoke and dancing in the Sports Hall. Whilst many of our students were at the Pankhurst party, a very resilient group of students across all 4 year groups took part in a 2k fun run led by Miss Blount.
Charity Week was a huge success, and it certainly wouldn’t be possible without the support of our wider community. Many thanks to friends and family for supporting our students through sponsorship in the weeks leading up to Charity Week. Students have until Friday 2nd December to collect sponsorship and hand in to their tutors. The money raised will then be counted and the winner of House Charity will be announced at the end of term whole school assembly.