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Students double efforts for the needy

Community-spirited students have been putting others first as thoughts turn to helping the needy at Christmas.

The generosity of students at The King’s Academy and their families crossed international borders in Christmas collections to help poor children in Eastern Europe and Africa, and those left homeless by the Philippines typhoon.

shoeboxes 2Every year the academy, in Coulby Newham, asks students to collect gifts, toiletries and toys to be packed in shoeboxes for the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child appeal.

This year 275 shoeboxes were collected and are now on their way to bring Christmas cheer to children.

At the same time, students and staff have been donating and raising money for the Philippines Typhoon Appeal.

Principal Chris Drew set a target to raise £2,000 in two weeks, but donors have already smashed that by giving £2,900, and money is still coming in.

Assistant vice principal Carey Brownless, who organised the appeals, said:

Our families show incredible generosity every year at this time when we launch the shoebox appeal.

“To have still collected 275 boxes at the same time as we asked staff and students to donate money just shows great all round charitable spirit from our school community. We’re very proud to have provided so much for both causes.”

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Sixth Form students ‘Hale’ new course

On Wednesday September 18th, King’s Academy ‘A’ Level Politics students were treated to a lecture at Yarm School delivered by the only female member of the Supreme Court, Baroness Hale.

Lady Hale, Deputy President of the Supreme Court, was recently described by BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour as ‘one of the four most powerful woman in the country’, specialises in family law which is something very rare amongst the highest ranks of the judiciary, as is being a woman. She has been responsible for the implementation of several important Acts including the 1989 Children’s Act and the Mental Capacity Act in 2009.

Lady Hale talked to the students about her humble beginnings in Richmond and her rise through the judiciary. One of the main themes of her talk was her hope for, and encouragement of, women striving towards the higher positions in the British legal system.

Ashleigh Spencer, a Sixth Form Politics student from The King’s said:

Lady Hale’s talk was both inspiring and engaging and I feel very fortunate to have met such a fascinating and successful woman.”

Miss Yuill, teacher of Government and Politics said:

The lecture by Baroness Hale was not only fascinating from the perspective of meeting one of this country’s most senior judges, but was also directly relevant to the AS-Level Government and Politics course, which includes a unit on the role of the judiciary and a unit on the role of parliament.”

“Baroness Hale was able to give the group detailed information about both of these institutions as well as enabling them to consider some of the challenges facing the constitution.”