King’s Lynn schools come together to help communities at Christmas

Springwood 6th Form pupils who have hosted a Senior Citizens Christmas Party 'left to right back Kizzie Jupp, Kate Newton and Charlotte Gibbs 'left to right front Brian Cooper and Jenny Curson ANL-141215-215431009
Springwood 6th Form pupils who have hosted a Senior Citizens Christmas Party 'left to right back Kizzie Jupp, Kate Newton and Charlotte Gibbs 'left to right front Brian Cooper and Jenny Curson ANL-141215-215431009
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As schools across West Norfolk prepare to close for the Christmas break, students and staff have been helping to spread some festive cheer in their communities.

Carol singing, fundraising and parties have been on the agenda as youngsters do their bit to help others during the season of goodwill.

Springwood High School opened up its sixth form centre on Monday to stage its annual Christmas party afternoon for elderly people.

A total of 70 pensioners went along to the school to enjoy festive songs performed by the school’s concert band and choir. Father Christmas also handed out presents.

Members of the school’s sixthform served up festive food during the event on Monday.

The school has thanked Booker’s Cash and Carry for supplying the food along with staff at N and N Convenience Store for its donation.

Christmas jumpers have been the theme of many festive fundraising initiatives this year and so it was at the King Edward VII Academy last Friday, where students donned an array of festive knitwear to support Save The Children.

It is expected that more than £1,000 was raised during the day, which also included a cake sale.

Meanwhile, the school’s PE department has given more than 200 Advent calendars and 100 festive selection boxes to the Lynn Foodbank for distribution to families in need.

Teacher Ross McNeil said: “We are truly delighted with the results of our appeal and proud of our students for their generosity.”

Pupils at Howard Junior School also donned their Christmas jumpers on Friday, raising £167 for Save The Children.

They then entertained shoppers by singing Christmas carols at the Tesco store in Gaywood on Monday, in support of the World Wildlife Fund’s campaign to save the endangered Adelle penguins.

Headteacher Gregory Hill said they had been inspired by the current John Lewis advertising campaign, which features a penguin named Monty that is based on the Adelle species.

It is estimated that at least £200 was raised.