Students Spread Festive Cheer to the Community
Staff and pupils at St Ambrose Barlow Sixth Form helped to spread a little festive cheer to the community as they welcomed local residents for a Senior Citizens Christmas concert.
Guests were treated to an advent liturgy with a range of musical performances and readings by the students from the sixth form and the high school, from traditional Christmas carols to contemporary songs, drama and musical instrument solos. The audience were able to join in and sing along during some of the carols and by the end nearly everyone was up dancing!
The annual event is a chance for the school and college to give something back to the community. This year, sixth form students were given the responsibility of organising the event, which was held in the Sixth Form Centre café area. Guests were invited to sit down for a buffet before the show began, and also enjoyed sherry and homemade mince pies.
Donations from students enabled each guest to leave with a hamper full of festive goodies including Christmas cake and mince pies made by Food Technology students. As well as receiving their hamper, each guest left with a wrapped gift handed out by our very own student ‘Santa’ and helpers!
The event allows young and old alike to celebrate and enjoy festivities together. One guest said: “I would like to say a massive thank you for the wonderful Senior Citizens party given by your staff and students. It was a truly uplifting afternoon with beautiful readings, drama, music, singing and a lovely buffet lunch served with smiles by the students who seemed to be enjoying themselves almost as much as their older guests. It was a joy to have Father Gavin present, he got the balance just right in impressing on everyone the true meaning of Christmas and then getting the party started by getting those who wanted, up to dance. It was fantastic to see the different generations enjoying themselves as one, just as the students’ dramatisation of ‘One Child’.”