Academy students spread the Christmas cheer

Students from a city Academy have taken it upon themselves to spread a little Christmas cheer over this festive period and have invited patients from the Gloucester Centre Day Services in Orton Longueville to enjoy a specially laid-on Christmas party. The party will take place at the Academy on Tuesday 18 December.

Nene Park Academy’s Deputy Head Boy and Girl, Jack Morrell and Cassie Clarke, supported by a team of Students Leaders from the school, planned and organised the Christmas party, laying on an array of refreshments and Christmas entertainment for the guests to enjoy and which made the morning go with a real swing.

The Gloucester Day Services Centre is part of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Trust (CPFT) which offers support and opportunities for adults with learning disabilities.

Year 11 student, Jack Morrell, said “I really enjoyed organising the Christmas party for the Gloucester Centre and, even though I hadn’t planned anything like this before, I learnt so much from the experience. I hope that the Gloucester Centre guests enjoyed themselves as much as we did.”

Deputy Head Girl, Cassie Clarke, added “Whilst Jack and I led the event, we were supported by the staff and students all of the way and worked together as a team to make it all happen. It is such a good feeling to be able to give something back to the local community and to help others who are less fortunate than we are.”

The initiative is part of the school’s commitment to reinforce its links with the local community and to develop new ones as well. This philosophy is underpinned by the Academy’s Pledges Programme, which encourages students to take part in a wide range of activities and initiatives, developing skills and confidence which complement their academic achievements. The Pledges are Participation, Leadership, Excellence, Diversity, Giving, Environment and Service.

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Media contact: Dawn Hagerty: 01733 368394/01733 368300 or [email protected]

Media opportunity: Nene Park Academy on Tuesday 18 December at 10.00am