What Is Jack Petchey?
Established in 1999, The Jack Petchey Foundation gives grants to programmes and projects that benefit young people aged 11-25.
The Foundation exists to raise the aspirations of young people, to help them take advantage of opportunities and play a full part in society.
Since Alec Hunter Academy joined the programme in 2007 we have had over 36 winners who have received in excess of £11,900 for the equipment, trips, charities and organisations, of their choice.
What is involved in being nominated for an award?
Each month, throughout the school one student is voted by other students, for their achievements.
The student’s achievements could be academic, musical, artistic or humanitarian. The foundation do stress that the; ‘student do not need to be the best looking, fastest or cleverest! But they do need to be exceptionally hard working or have done something really positive for other people.’
Each nominee will receive a framed certificate, which will be presented to them in assembly, where they will have their photo and achievement put on the achievements board, Alec Hunter website, with an additional mention in the Herald and Focus, as well as a letter of congratulations, from the Head, to the winner’s home.
The nominated student then decides how that month’s money is going to be spent, i.e. sports equipment, books, musical instrument or a school trip, whatever is on the college’s ‘Wish List’.