On Tuesday 13th December, the academy hosted a Christmas partyfor a group of pensioners made up from relatives of students and guests from a local care home.
Students from Year 12 and Year 7 welcomed the guests and acted as hosts throughout the day. The day started with a Christmas quiz set by Year 12 students, followed by a cold buffet style meal, which included plenty of cakes, mince pies, shortbread and chocolate truffles, all of which were made in school by students. Many of the guests said how wonderful they all were.
Following lunch a prize bingo and raffle were held, with various prizes all of which were donated by members of staff, the major prize being a Christmas food hamper for the full house in the Bingo game. The academy choir entertained the guests with a series of Christmas carols and featured a solo by Romi Jensen singing the opening verse of 'Once in Royal David city.' All those present were encouraged to join, which is just what they did with the final song 'Rockin' around the Christmas tree' when staff and guests were up on their feet singing and dancing. The Sixth Form dancers also came along to give a performance which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.
We were fortunate that we were able to end the day with a visit from Santa Claus, who despite his hectic schedule at this time of year, was able to spare some time to give out presents to all the guests.
The day was a great success, with many complementary comments made by guests saying what a wonderful afternoon it had been. This was due to the hard work of the students and staff on the day and the range of fundraising activities organised by the students to fund the event, as well as donations from staff. Plans are already being made for next year's event which we hope will be bigger and better.