Students bring Christmas sparkle

25th December 2010

Thomas Hardy School year 12 pupils with residents from Maiden Castle House.

Year 12 students at Dorchester’s Thomas Hardy school gave Maiden Castle House residents a taste of festive fun when they hosted a Christmas party at the school.

This is the second year that the school’s International Baccalaureate students have held the party, and it forms a part of the voluntary service section of their course.

“An event like this encourages young people to think about the detail in what is needed to organise an event and entertain a group of elderly, sometimes frail, people,” said community and guidance tutor Richard Cain.

Nineteen residents attended the party, at which they were served tea, mince pies, and Christmas cake. They chatted to the students and the Mayor of Dorchester, Leslie Phillips, before enjoying a game of bingo and carols sung by the school choir. The party ended with a visit from Father Christmas who distributed small gifts which had been donated for the party.

Jenny Webster, activities organiser at Maiden Castle House, said: “It is a great pleasure to be working with the students because it helps to engage different generations and form bonds between them.”

Claire Brownless, manager of Maiden Castle House, said: “It is a positive thing for everybody, and we all really enjoy it!”.