January 15, 2018
This award-winning project builds on work already supported by The Helen Foundation in which year 6 pupils at Shaldon School work alongside elderly members of the community (through the channel of local charity Volunteering in Health) in various projects. This one involved the children working with adults to produce beautiful Christmas gifts for their elderly penfriends. Gifts included flower arranging, cooking and gift wrapping and some clay work.
Year 6 were delighted to follow in the footsteps of last year’s pupils by inviting their new pen friends into school for a musical concert and a chat over mince pies and coffee.
Chloe Myers, Manager at Volunteering in Health, has been keen to match the pupils and penfriends closely based on their interests this year, so there was no shortage of conversation creating an exciting buzz in the room.
This week’s concert included some excellent soloists leaving the audience enraptured. As one visitor commented: “the level of talent is amazing – I expect we might see some of these on The X-Factor in the future!”
Gifts made and given including home-made shortbread and table decorations all helping the children to understand the meaning of giving and of offering friendship at Christmas time.
Class teacher, Janet Gordge, explained that the class are looking forward to carrying on writing, to meeting again and to continuing to build the relationship with Teignbridge House with regular visits planned in for the rest of the year.