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A double dose of party cheer


Students at Toot Hill School, Bingham, spread a double dose of Christmas spirit this week.

On Monday they entertained children from an infants’ school in Nottingham, followed on Wednesday by a tea dance for elderly residents.

More than 70 children visited the school for Monday’s Christmas tea party, where they played Christmas games, ate party food and met Santa.

The children, aged six and seven, from Berridge Infants’ School, Nottingham, were hosted by the sixth form students at Toot Hill, who had organised all of the afternoon’s events.

The sixth formers split the children into groups of seven and took them around different areas set up for them to have fun.

They invited pupils from Berridge Infants’ school because it is an inner city school with little opportunity for Christmas parties.

The different games areas included musical chairs, pin the tail on Rudolf and pass the parcel.

Party food was also made by the students including jam and chocolate spread sandwiches, homemade buns and crisps.

The students held weekly meetings for two months to talk to the infants’ school about times, what they wanted at the party and then to make the food and set up the different areas.

Tom Bishop (16) of Harby Road, Langar, who helped to organise the games, got involved through the school council.

He said: “It’s just a bit of fun helping out inner city kids. I hope they get a lot out of it and enjoy themselves.

“I think organising things like this shows what sort of people we really are and I have learnt a lot from it.”

Zain Ul’abadeea (6) a pupil at Berridge school, said: “It’s good and I have had lots of fun with my friends.”

Keighan Ainsworth (7) said she enjoyed visiting Santa.

Mrs Michelle Cook, a teacher at Berridge Infants’ School, said they go to the party every year and the children loved it and got excited.

She said: “It is an accolade for Toot Hill students. It is a great opportunity for them to organise a party.

“The infants get to see children in different classes and interact with each other. It is great for them.”

Miss Jessica Hazelwood, a tutor and teacher Toot Hill, helped the pupils to organise their meetings and get things ready for the afternoon.

She said it was a great event for the sixth formers to get involved with and looked great on their CVs.

She said: “A lot of time and hard work has gone into it. They worked well together, used their communication skills and have seen what it really takes to organise big events.”

The sixth-formers also organised a tea dance for senior citizens at Toot Hill on Wednesday afternoon, where the school jazz band entertained the 107 guests.

For 21/2 hours, the residents of Beauvale nursing home, Bingham, were served homemade trifles, mince pies and cakes as well as tea, coffee and sherry by the students.

They then danced to the festive music provided by the jazz band.

Usually the school only allows 100 guests because of space, but this year there was a high demand for tickets.

Miss Hazelwood said: “It went fantastic. They were all really happy.

“It wasn’t as chaotic as the children’s tea party but the logistics of the afternoon had to be taken in stages. The students did really well.”

The sixth formers completed their festive week with two performances of their own pantomime.

The performances included every fairytale character they could think of including Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and Prince Charming.

A team of sixth formers produced the script.

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