James Hamilton Academy Charities 2016-17

Local Charity                      Ayrshire Cancer Support

National Charity                 Action for Children

International Charity         Amnesty International


The S5/6 Personal Development Class raised £259 for Ayrshire Cancer Support.  They organised a Halloween cake sale, a Halloween movie night, Halloween 'Fright Day', Handball Tournament, Football Tournament and Staff Inflatable Boxing.

Pupil Handball Teams



Staff Handball Team


Cake Sale




Football Tournament



Halloween 'Fright Day'








The senior Leadership class arranged Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 16th December and raised £146 for Action for Children.










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Youth Philanthropy Initiative – Final: Wednesday 9th March

S3 pupils competed in the YPI school final on 9th of March.  YPI is a national citizenship programme which empowers young people to understand and to make a difference in their local community through supporting local charities. In James Hamilton Academy, pupils can select YPI as part of the Short Course Awards offered within Core time in S3. On completion they secure an SQA Unit Pass: Self in the Community.

Mrs Azeem has been overseeing this programme and supporting the pupils in their work to research local charities and then to select one to ‘champion’. Teams then present their case to a wider audience who select the winner based on the quality of research, knowledge and understanding of the charity and the pupils’ emotional engagement with the cause itself. A semi-final was held a few weeks ago with 15 teams competing and 5 final teams were selected for the final.  The local charities the finalists had chosen to champion were:  

Break the Silence (Abuse issues)

Lighthouse Foundation (Drugs and Alcohol)

Chloe Chemos Cows (Cancer in Young Children)

Beautiful Inside and Out (Suicide/Mental Health in Young People and Supporting their Families)

Send a Message (Cancer in Young Children)


Representatives from the local charities attended the event along with all S3 pupils and the judges were:

Lyn Raynal: National Management Team, YPI

Heather McCormick: Community Worker, Vibrant Communities

PC McGinn: Campus Police Officer

Angela Brownlie: Depute Head Teacher

The winning team was the group who presented on ‘Beautiful Inside and Out’ founded by Mrs Pauline Moriarty.   This charity received £3000 from YPI to further their good work.

Pupils in the team were Sophie Sutherland, Karmen Boyle, Chloe Sharp, Eilidh Gardiner, Melissa McAtee and Emily Dunn.




James Hamilton Academy pupils do a lot of fundraising for charities each year.