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Merchants' Students Spread Christmas Joy

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Handmade Christmas cards by the students of Merchants' Academy Secondary.

At the end of Term 2, students across Secondary were asked to donate a Christmas gift in place of the usual £1 donation for non-uniform. These donations (Christmas gifts and food items) were then used to make up Christmas hampers to give to families in the local community who were in most need. The families were nominated by staff and students at Merchants’ Academy.

Reasons for nominations ranged from individuals and families going through a particular hard time lately, being lonely at Christmas and a thank you for contribution to charity work in the local area.

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Staff at Merchants' Academy Secondary welcome students to their festive non-uniform day.

On Friday 13th December, students were greeted to Christmas cheer by staff who dressed up and played Christmas music. The amount of Christmas gifts donated by students on the day was incredible and the generosity of the families that are a part of the academy truly touched all staff involved.

Staff and students kindly gave up their time after school the following week to make up Christmas hampers and on the final day of term, students delivered the hampers to the nominated people in the community.



Miss Blain, Teacher at Merchants' Academy said;

Ma hampers 2It was a wonderful experience to see the joy that the students had making such a kind gesture from giving something that they had helped to create.

all recipients were incredibly touched that they had been thought of.


Students stayed behind after school in their own time to help assemble and organise hampers. Many thanks to Brandon Paisey, Destiny Barrett-Mountford, Amelia Luton, Emmi Hil, Ciaran Greenslade and Sommer Metcalf who all prepared the hampers.

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Left over hampers were donated to Bishopsmead Lodge Nursing Home, along with Christmas Cards which had been made by all tutor groups in the academy. The residents were incredibly grateful for these kind gifts and the staff were emotional at the kindness showed by the school and it’s community.

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I would like to say a huge thank you to all who have supported this project, it has been something special and you should all be very proud.

It has been an incredible success and we hope to continue projects with the community at heart as we move forward.  


Sarah Blain
Teacher at Merchants' Academy Secondary

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