We were delighted to host our Trinity Community Christmas Party on Monday, welcoming 60 older residents from local care homes and community groups into the school. Despite the wintery weather conditions, everyone was keen to attend the popular event and enjoy festive entertainment from the students, various games and a tasty Christmas spread.
The guests were treated to performances from Trinity’s Musical Theatre Club with various big hits from Les Misérables to the Jungle Book; the Trinity Big Band put on a fantastic show and even played Happy Birthday for one of the guests. Plus, there was a group of enthusiastic carollers from the student choirs and staff to ensure that everyone left feeling festive.
Students from across the school volunteered to take part, with the youngest students from the Junior and First Years waiting on tables and keeping guests entertained in between the performances. They spent time chatting about school life, discussing plans for the holidays and even testing out a few Christmas cracker jokes! For many of the older residents without family, the Trinity Community Christmas Party is a highlight of the festive social calendar. Everyone involved was pleased to see it return after a three-year hiatus.
Trinity’s Head of Community Action, Claire Burrage, said, “This has always been a popular event among our community partners, and we are so glad we could bring it back this year. Christmas can be a difficult and lonely time for a lot of people so it’s very special to see the young and old connecting and having fun. Thank you to our parents who donated raffle prizes, our students for entertaining and our guests for coming along. We look forward to doing it all again next year.”
Shirley Neighbourhood Care helps elders in the local area avoid loneliness and isolation through a range of services. Manager Suzy Stoyel, said, “As usual the band were tremendous and really made the evening for the elders. The boys waiting on the tables were so courteous and considerate, their mothers should be very proud!”
Liuba Harrison, Sheltered Scheme Team Leader, Whitgift House nursing home said, “We had a fantastic evening at Trinity, our residents had a great time. The boys were wonderful, running around every single resident with food and drinks, they all received the royal treatment! And, of course, the band made the evening extra special. Maybe next time, the boys could take our residents on the dance floor for round of Foxtrot and Quickstep!”
Norman Till at Addiscombe Neighbourhood Care Association, which supports older people in the area, said, “Our clients really enjoyed themselves…the efforts of the young student hosts were much appreciated. We really believe the whole intergenerational exchange proves beneficial for all concerned.”
Adam Price, Junior Year student said, “The Christmas party was fun because the lovely lady I sat with said she really enjoyed the music and let me unwrap her bingo prize. I was super happy because it’s my first Christmas Party at Trinity and my grandparents who live at Whitgift House were there too.”
Lower Sixth student, Felix Gomulka, said “I first helped at our community Christmas party when I was just 11 years old, and I remember being way too excited about the bingo. At the time, I thought that this would be very annoying for those at my table but have understood since how my screaming at the bingo is a vital connection for both us and the attendees! The party is a chance to connect with other generations and just share a few hours of genuine fun and enjoyment. This year was particularly special, with the party being cancelled for two years, and hopefully it will remain a staple in our calendar for many years to come.”
Guests attended from local care homes including Wilhelmina House, Whitgift House, Peony Court and Hall Grange as well as community groups Shirley Neighbourhood Care Scheme and Addiscombe Neighbourhood Care Association.
All leftover, unopened food will be donated to the local foodbank, Shrublands Trust.
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