Foxes Academy’s learners, staff and parents gathered at Minehead’s Regal Theatre last Friday to reflect on a year of change and triumph before they all departed for a well-earned Christmas break. Principal, Tracey Clare-Gray spoke to the audience of 300 people about how the students had achieved so much for others by serving 280 local people at Foxes Hotel’s Christmas functions and also through their fundraising for good causes.
During this term they have filled and sent off 40 shoeboxes with gifts for Operation Christmas Child, raised £170 for Curry for Change (a campaign that uses people’s love of curry to help change the lives of rural families in Asia and Africa who suffer from hunger), raised £90 at a MacMillan Coffee morning, taken part in Children in Need, sold cakes, pencils, rulers, poppy key rings and wristbands raising £302.52 for Remembrance Day and finally dressed in Christmas Jumpers to support Save The Children. A real fund raising frenzy! Tracey commented “We are incredibly proud of our young people. Despite the daily challenges they face through their own disabilities they are an outstanding example how we can all contribute to our community and to society overall.”
The top awards this year went to the third outstanding learner Miranda Bentley. Second outstanding learner was Stephen Lethaby who suffers from hydrocephalus. The top outstanding learner was William Mackenzie Smith who only joined Foxes in September 2017.
The Christmas awards and celebration concluded with an uplifting performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ by the Foxavision Drama Group and Choir.