During the spring term, The Ebbsfleet Academy donated 54 bags of food to Hive Hope, a charity close to the academy that provides emergency food and toiletries for local people in crisis.

The drive to source food bags was completed as part of the academy’s inter-house competition that has been restarted, with the aim of exceeding the 54 bags of food raised by the end of the summer term!

In addition, students and staff at the academy took part in World Book Day’s readathon in March. The readathon is a nationwide reading event to encourage children to read for pleasure, while raising money to provide children’s hospitals with regular storyteller visits.

More than £400 was raised and reading skills improved too. Students said: “Today, I’ve read my first book since primary school! It’s changed my opinion on reading”, “I’ve read two books and had full concentration throughout the 300 minutes” and “I’ve even learnt new vocabulary!”

While Ebbsfleet Academy students were donating food and raising money, Hayesbrook students and staff took part in a one-mile run in support of Sport Relief. The academy raised more than £650 from the run, which started at the school and finished at Barden Lake in Haysden Country Park. Staff and students walked and ran together ensuring that fun was had by all. Some students were having so much fun that they decided to run around the lake more than once!

Year 9 student, Andrew Wilson, took fundraising to another level, raising over £300 by completing a 5k swim on two consecutive nights.