On Wednesday 10th December Langtree School hosted the annual Christmas party for the senior citizens in our local community, and yet again the event was a resounding success. Students from Years 9, 10 and 11 acted as hosts to over 70 guests, who were treated to a high tea, a musical cabaret, and a raffle. The raffle  prizes were donated by local businesses, we are grateful to: The Highwayman – Checkendon, The Woody Nook – Woodcote, Kimberley’s Hair Studio – Woodcote, The Cooperative – Woodcote, The Red Lion – Woodcote, Albert Fields Hair Salon – Goring, Goring Hardware and Woodcote Garden Centre for the wonderful raffle prizes. The event concluded with carol singing as a celebration of Christmas.

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And for those local residents who were too unwell to attend, members of our Langtree School community contributed donations of food and treats which helped us to make up 38 gift-wrapped hampers, which were delivered to the homes of elderly residents in the community following the party.

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It was a huge pleasure to welcome so many visitors to the school and, above and beyond the lovely food, treats and gifts exchanged, the real value of the event yet again lay in the opportunity for our students to meet and spend time with senior citizens who enjoyed and valued the company of teenagers so very much. One guest was kind enough to write in her letter of thanks: “I was so impressed with the caring and sensitive attitude of your Y11 students at the OAP party. It was impressive how attentive they were”. We were equally proud of our students, who made new friends for the day and who were excellent ambassadors for the school.

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Christmas ought to be a time for thinking of those who might be lonely or less well off than ourselves, and this is why the senior citizens’ party is so important to staff and students at Langtree School. It is wonderful to see how hard our students are prepared to work in order to provide an afternoon of entertainment for such worthy members of our community.

The Christmas party will be repeated again in 2015 in the second week of December. Look out for confirmation of the date on our website – do you have any elderly friends or relatives who might like to come along and enjoy the event? If so, please contact our community co-ordinator who organises the party, Mary Taylor-Lane at Langtree School.