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Dec 4, 2020

Schools collaborate to create 'A Whole New World'


Students at The Orme Academy have collaborated with schools across Stoke to raise money for local foodbanks.

The Newcastle-Under-Lyme based school, which is part of the Shaw Education Trust, has partnered with numerous local primary schools to create ‘Songbook 2020’; a virtual fundraiser with all proceeds going to the Alsager and Newcastle (Staffs) foodbanks.

Assistant Principal, Claire Woolley, explained: “Many families have been significantly affected by the recent pandemic and will feel even more vulnerable with the run up to the holiday period.

“This year it is more important than ever to support those facing hardship, and we’ve been delighted to see our students get involved in the charitable spirit of the season, working together to make a positive impact in the local community.”

The project has brought together the voices of students at The Orme Academy, as well as several other local schools, including Hassell Community Primary School, St Margaret's C.E Junior School, Bursley Academy, Ellison Primary School, Hempstalls Primary School, Alsager Highfields Primary School and Cranberry Academy.

Each school nominated one class group, or ‘bubble’, to record themselves singing the Disney classic ‘A Whole New World’ from Aladdin. These recordings have then been brought together to create a virtual performance with the theme that ‘an individual can make a difference; a team can make a miracle’.

The virtual event will also be linked with The Orme Academy’s celebrations for Christmas jumper day on Friday 11th December. Staff and students are invited to wear a seasonal sweater to school in return for a donation, further helping to spread the festive cheer during what has been an unprecedented year. 

The Songbook event has been organised by Jenny Nixon, the school’s Assistant Director of English, in conjunction with the RAF’s Sergeant Nick Dawood, Project Lead, and local primary school headteachers.

Miss Nixon concluded: “We hope that the local community will join us on our ‘magic carpet ride’ and hopefully with the help and talent of the students, we can strive towards creating a 'whole new world’ in 2021.”

To further support those facing hardship within the community, The Orme Academy are also running a ‘Christmas Appeal’, asking for gift and food donations for local vulnerable families. To get involved, please contact the school office directly. 

For more information about the event and to donate to the foodbanks, visit:  https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/songbook2020awholenewworld