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Pupils serve up Christmas cheer

Originally released on 13/12/2016

Pupils at Archbishop Sancroft High School hosted a very special Christmas dinner for older members of the community on Tuesday 6 December.

The dinner, which was supported by a £300 Go For It Grant from South Norfolk Council, took place at the school and was enjoyed by 74 members of the local community.

South Norfolk Councillor Yvonne Bendle, Cabinet Member for Well-being and Early Intervention said:

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.

Twenty pupils from years 10 and 11 served drinks to the guests as they arrived, before serving a traditional 2 course Christmas lunch.

After dinner, guests joined Harleston Primary School's Choir and Year 7s for a festive sing along in the main hall.

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.

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. 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!"

Councillor Bendle added: "If you've got an idea for a project or group that will bring people together, than we can help make it a reality. These grants are easy and quick to apply for, so if you're thinking about how to pay for equipment, publicity material or anything else to get your project off the ground then go for it and get in touch.

Go For It Grants support small not-for-profit projects which bring the community together. For more information about all the grants the Council has available, visit email: or call: 01508 533633.