The spirit of Christmas was proven to be alive and well at Gloucester Academy last Wednesday as we held a festive feast for members of the local community.
We invited local senior citizens to visit our school for a Christmas cracker of a meal. Three fantastic members of our staff — Fay Midlane, Diane Brooks, and Pet Smith — completed a food hygiene course especially to cook three courses of traditional festive food that was simply delightful.
While the staff were hard at work in the kitchen, our students were equally busy, setting up the tables, making guests feel welcome, showing them to their seats, and serving the food.
Paul Holroyd, principal, said: “It was fantastic to see the school being used for a community event and to see our students interact with members of the community in such a positive way. I am keen to build on such events so that our school can become the heart of the local community. All the invited guests seemed to be having a fantastic time, and this was due to the hard work of the organising committee.”
At Gloucester Academy, we are extremely proud to have strong links with our community, and we were delighted to give something back to local people. The senior citizens’ meal was made even more special thanks to the support our our local supermarkets — Morrisons, Lidl, and Tesco — which generously donated hampers, biscuits, and Santa hats to the event.
It was also an honour to welcome the Church of God of Prophecy choir to our school and see them perform after the main meal. Everyone in attendance loved their performance, and it created the perfect seasonal atmosphere.
Mr Holroyd said: “Special thanks to all involved in the organisation: the students who helped serve the dinner and the local businesses for their support. We would also like to thank the Church of God of Prophecy choir who sang to our guests.”
These thoughts were echoed by Louise Milne, assistant principal, who said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to the staff who donated to support the event, and to those who organised it. Our students who supported the meal were a huge credit to the school, and I am extremely proud of them.”
Everyone at Gloucester Academy wishes our students and staff, their families, and the entire school community a very Merry Christmas!