12 April, 2021
Students from Ormiston Denes Academy, have provided community groups across their local area with Easter goods and cheer.
The students wanted to do something to cheer up the community, while also celebrating Easter and the country’s exit out of lockdown, so created care packages full of Easter chocolate.
Putting together more than 100 bags, students shared the goodies with local organisations Topcats, Outreach on the Streets, Harleston House and the YMCA at Water Lane.
All of these organisations support members of the community, from children and young people through to the homeless and those in need of assisted living support.
One student in Year 9, Mia Mirgaux also designed an Easter card. The specially designed card was sent alongside the goodies and even featured a special poem. The bags were well received by all of the organisations in the community. This social action activity marked a positive end to term for staff and students.
Ormiston Denes Academy’s efforts are part of OAT’s broader #iwill project, which promotes social action and positive extracurricular activity in the community. Despite Covid-19 restrictions, many OAT academies have continued this important work while adhering to the necessary safety guidelines.
Jim Nixon, interim principal of Ormiston Denes Academy, said:
“This fantastic initiative is another example of our students and staff thinking about how they can be an enthusiastic, thoughtful part of the community. Everyone who received a ‘goodie bag’ will know it consists of much more than its contents, as it also contains a great deal of thought and care from all of those who put them together.
“The community groups who received these packages do such fantastic work, and the school is proud to support them. The last year has shown the importance of our local community, and I am thrilled that Denes students have taken such active steps to be part of this.”
In 2018, Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) secured £2 million of funding from the #iwill fund and national charity Ormiston Trust. Across our network of over 30,000 pupils, the OAT network of schools will use the funding to support the aims of the pioneering #iwill campaign. Making meaningful social action a regular part of life for young people, allowing them to develop key new social, emotional and life skills learning (SELS).