19 July 2019

This week, The Canterbury Academy Trust held its first ever Community Week.

More than 1000 pupils aged from 4-15 have taken part in activities, which have seen them giving back to others through a variety of community actions.

Almost 5000 hours of community events have taken place over 4 days.  These have included making snack boxes filled with sausage rolls, scones, biscuits, cakes and pastries, along with thank you letters, for our local blue light services; performing random acts of kindness around Canterbury town centre; revamping the residents’ garden at The Pilgrims Hospice; building raised vegetable beds for local pre-schools; beach cleans in Whitstable, Herne Bay, Deal and Dover and raising money to buy toys for sick children at Rainbow Ward at QEQM hospital.

Staff at Rainbow Ward at QEQM hospital look over toys bought by Canterbury Academy pupils after fundraising during their Community Week
Staff at Rainbow Ward at QEQM hospital look over toys bought by Canterbury Academy pupils after fundraising during their Community Week

“We are immensely proud of our pupils and what they have given back to their community this week. We’ve talked about the difference small acts of kindness have on others and also on themselves. They have loved the opportunity to make a difference to others and connect with people from all walks of life. Members of the community who have been on the receiving end of the good deeds have been so impressed by the week and all they’ve achieved.”

Jon Watson, Executive Principal
Firefighters at Canterbury station enjoy treats baked for them by The Canterbury Academy pupils
Firefighters at Canterbury station enjoy treats baked for them by The Canterbury Academy pupils

“We wanted to say a massive thank you for all the goodies you baked for us…and for all your messages, we were all very humbled and touched by your words…If everyone did such lovely things for other people this world would be a better place. Good deeds go a long way in our book, so keep it up and thanks again!”

Chris Newton, Canterbury fire station crew manager

The school is already planning their 2020 Community Week and looking for partner organisations in the community who would be interested in working together in the future.