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Community matters to Burnt Mill

Burnt Mill Academy / Thu 19th Dec 2013 at 11:18am

THE COMMUNITY matters to students at Burnt Mill Academy.

The school, in Mandela Avenue gingeris working hard to build links and offer help to groups in their neighbourhood who need it.

Similar projects have always taken place at the school, but they are now being brought together under the banner of Our Community Matters.

Hannah Jones, responsible for community cohesion, said: “Our mission is to carry out different acts in the community at least once a month. We are already doing these things during lunchtimes and after school to enrich our students’ education, but this brings it all together and really highlights our commitment.

“We started by donating 1,200 items to the Harlow Foodbank – one Year 7 class alone brought in 114 items which is just incredible! We took Year 7, 8 and 9 students to the warehouse to see what happens next with their donations and they will report back to their peers.

“Our children are volunteering to get involved in all of these projects which shows just how caring they are.”

Some of the recent events, include –

The school’s 25-strong choir, Minims, paid a visit to the Leah Manning Centre, in Park Lane, Harlow, to perform Christmas carols to the residents and give gifts of chocolate and biscuits. With Burnt Mill students regularly walking past the centre, it is important for the residents to have a positive relationship with the school. The link-up will now take place every term.

Year 7 students visited families living in houses which back on to the school to deliver Christmas gifts of chocolate

The weekly baking club made batches of 300 gingerbread shapes to donate to the Streets2Homes homeless centre and the Harlow Chocolate Run which will distribute them to the homeless they help over Christmas. Both charities spoke to students about their work and answered lots of questions.

Running the Harlow Cubs cooking chef badge. Donna Walsh, head of design and technology, has run the course for two years, giving the cubs the opportunity to secure their badge. This year, they were challenged to cook a meal with leftover food.

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