A 'fantabulous' visit from The Archbishop of York
Last week the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu visited the Academy to celebrate the work of 166 students, as part of their work with the Archbishop of York's Youth Trust.
The students have been volunteering throughout the year in the local community, embodying the Trust's ethos of 'being the change they want to see'. The students have taken part in a tea dance and Easter bonnet parade with Burmantofts Senior Action, Councillor Khan, and Lord Mayor Gerry Harper. They also helped renovate Ark in Harehills, working with CATCH to redo their community garden.
The students had adopted St Gemma's Hospice as their chosen charity, raising money throughout the year with bake sales, a charity football match and selling knitted chicks at Easter, among other things. They also volunteered their time to put together charity leaflets and fundraising packs to be sent out in the post.
The Archbishop was invited to the Academy by Mrs Kaur, who heads the Young Leader's Award in the Academy.
The Archbishop spent the day at the Academy, where he received a tour and visited students in lessons. He then took part in a Q&A with students, where he spoke about why the work that The Archbishop of York's Youth Trust does is so important, "I strongly believe that every person is created with such amazing gifts and possibilities... there is no one like you in the world. So when you don't play your part, everyone is missing out.".
Head Boy and Girl, Ahmed and Renad along with Tanveer and Nohan acted as his guides throughout the day, showing him everything our Academy has to offer. Nohan even gifted the Archbishop a 'nice to be nice badge' from the Stephen Lawrence Committee. They were joined by Frank Norris, Director of the Trust and Councillor Khan, who is also one of our governors.
Finally the Archbishop addressed KS3 students with a inspiring speech about everyone's inner potential, leading a chant of "I am gorgeous, I am a genius, I am fantabulous". The Most Reverend and Right Honourable John Sentamu then presented certificates of achievement to representatives from each class that took part in the Young Leader's Award.
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