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18/12/2020

Christmas Community Projects

It’s that time of year again where the students and staff at Waingels have once more got involved in the celebrations surrounding the festive season. In prior years, decorations have been hung, candy canes have been gifted, and Secret Santa presents have been swapped, however this year, we’ve also focused on taking the festivities into our local community.

Our main interactions have been with local care home residents who we realise may not have the social opportunities that the majority of the public do. Waingels students have taken to the challenge of spreading Christmas cheer.

Christmas cards, designed and written by our Sixth Form and Year 7 students, have been sent off to the care homes in the hopes of raising their spirits and allowing them to get to know us better. Students have absolutely loved the idea, and taken to it quickly and creatively, producing beautifully designed cards containing personal and thoughtful messages.

As mentioned on page 4, the musical element of the season is not to be forgotten! Our Sixth Form and Year 7 choirs have been rehearsing in order to perfect their carol performances as they have done in years prior. Unfortunately, we’ve had to substitute their live performances for recorded ones to be shown in our virtual assemblies. These musical masterpieces have also been sent to the care homes for the enjoyment of the residents, and we very much hope they find themselves singing along!

Of course, what would Christmas be without a theatre performance or two? Year 8 students in their Drama lessons have come together to create an extraordinarily jovial, Christmas-themed virtual performance; we get to take a look inside St Nick’s workshop!

Mrs Ward, the charity Coordinator for Waingels, believes that each activity has turned out brilliantly and is incredibly proud of how students have involved themselves. Upon being asked about whether we’ll be engaging in similar activities for Christmas 2021, she confirms, ‘absolutely, bigger and better next year’

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