Archbishop Sancroft High School students have spread some Christmas cheer to their community with an annual festive dinner for older residents.
Year 10 and 11 student leaders led proceedings, serving drinks on arrival, a traditional two-course Christmas Lunch, before escorting guests to the hall for a festive sing along.
The choir from Harleston Primary joined Archbishop Sancroft’s Year 7s to perform some popular Christmas songs, while the event was supported with a £300 Go for it Grant of £300 from South Norfolk Council, which helped towards the cost of transport and lunch.
They were then treated to tea, coffee and mince pies while a raffle was drawn with prizes donated by staff from the school. Each guest also received a Christmas cake from the Year 10 GCSE catering students.
Guests were welcomed from Terence Airey Court, Mendham Close, Malthouse Court, Trees Nursing Home, Rotary, Alburgh and Denton Parish Church, St Johns church, Harleston Luncheon Club, and Harleston Knit and Natter group.
Headteacher Richard Cranmer said: “One of the highlights of the school year for me is the Senior Citizens Christmas lunch. It is our opportunity to show our gratitude to the older folk in our town and surrounding villages for all that they do and have done to make our community so special.
It is events like this that remind us that school isn’t just about passing academic exams but about preparing them for life after school as really super, compassionate confident citizensRichard Cranmer, headteacher
“This year we had 86 smiling guests all of whom look forward to this day— we have some who have attended all eight that we have run since 2009.
“Watching our students welcome, serve and eat with the guests is a joy to watch and will be something that they will all remember for a long time to come.
“It is events like this that remind us that school isn’t just about passing academic exams but about preparing them for life after school as really super, compassionate confident citizens.
“I was delighted to be asked by one guest whether she was, at 97, the oldest at the party. Our students took great pleasure in talking to her about the changes she had seen since her birth in 1919- the very periods that they have been studying in History.”
South Norfolk Councillor Yvonne Bendle, Cabinet Member for Well-being and Early Intervention, added: “This is such a wonderful way to bring the community together. The school and the pupils have done a fantastic job and should be very proud of what they’ve achieved.”
Go For It Grants support small not-for-profit projects which bring the community together. For more information about all the grants the South Norfolk Council has available, visit www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/grants, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01508 533633.