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Sixth formers help load up charity shoeboxes

Sixth form students turned Santa’s helpers when they loaded up a van full of Christmas shoeboxes for needy children.

Shoeboxes 2Students at The King’s Academy, in Coulby Newham, have held their annual gift collection for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child, this year donating 268 boxes of toys, hats and gloves, toiletries, pens and pencils and a host of other goodies.

Academy tutor groups held an informal competition to see which could collect the most boxes with the honour going to Caroline Weir’s Year 7 tutor group, who collected 33.

Assistant vice principal Carey Brownless said: “The sixth form and our reception team have worked hard to check every box and to make sure each one is crammed to the top with gifts.

shoeboxes 3“We always aim to ensure the contents of each box are of really good quality so the children receiving them have a really special Christmas.”

This year’s King’s Academy donations will be heading to children in Serbia.

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School transformed into winter wonderland

SIX hundred families got into the spirit of Christmas as an academy was transformed into a winter wonderland.

P1010108Dozens of local craftspeople brought a festive feel to The King’s Academy, in Coulby Newham, when it opened its doors to the community.

Special attractions including a skating rink, festive donkey rides and a photo booth where families could dress up in a host of Christmas disguises.

Carey Brownless, an assistant vice principal at the academy who led the organising team, said: “It was a really lovely day. Six hundred adults paid admission and they brought children and teenagers, so we estimate that around 2,000 people came, which we were delighted with.

donkeys and elves“This is the first time we have held a winter event and it paves the way for an even bigger winter wonderland next year.”