The weeks leading up to Christmas are busy in any school and at Woodham Academy, part of the preparations include the making up and delivering of hampers to nominated local residents, particularly senior citizens and families in difficult circumstances.
The process involves every student – and their families.  Decorating the boxes with festive wrapping and tinsel not only makes them look more attractive; it is good fun too. A prize is awarded to the tutor group in each year group creating the best-decorated hamper. Some classes put together not one but several superbly decorated Christmas hampers.
Students donate a grocery item, the boxes are packed with goodies and then the school mini bus is drafted into operation for the task of delivering the hampers around the area. One student from each tutor group helps with the deliveries.
The recipients of the hampers often register their appreciation by sending letters, cards, emails and notes to say how grateful they are.
Community Development Co-ordinator, Marie Oswald explained, “This is a very heart-warming project.  The local residents really appreciate the hampers and the tutors and students put in a tremendous effort. The venture is not only of benefit to those receiving the hampers but engenders a feeling of pride within the Academy at having made a real contribution to the Christmas of those within their community. This is very much a part of the spirit of Christmas, and in keeping with the ethos of Woodham  Academy .”
Students are entitled to come to school in non-uniform on the last day of term as a thank you for all their hard work.

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