Sixth formers serve up Christmas tea for local care homes

teaSTUDENTS have used an annual Christmas party for elderly neighbours of their Middlesbrough school to develop their business acumen.

Every year The King’s Academy welcomes residents of local care and residential homes for an afternoon of entertainment and a special tea.

Some of the academy’s top performers sing, act and dance in a programme put on specially for the guests.

The popular event also proved to be an educational experience this year for students taking double BTEC business, who took on the responsibility of sourcing party items, managing the catering and communicating with the care homes.

Jake Maclean, 16, said:

We have to do a real business project so we chose the Christmas party because a lot of work has to go into organising it.”

Zakar Hussain, 16, added:

It’s been fantastic. The guests seem to have had a good time and everything has gone smoothly.”

azeem-akhtarThe afternoon tea of mini savoury pastries, scones, cake, bitesize tarts, fairy cakes, mini mince pies and macaroons was produced by the academy kitchen, led by head of food Barbara Wilberforce.

Sixth form students also served tea, coffee and juices to the 90 guests from Stainton Way, The Gables, Normanby Court, Tollesby Hall, Dalby Court, Kirkley Lodge and Fountains Court, and their friends, family and staff.

The party was again hosted by head of drama Eddie Jones who introduced performances by the cast of Alice in Wonderland Jnr, a drama group, the academy choir, Year 12 musicians, contemporary and tap dancers, pianist Azeem Akhtar and solo singers Megan Wilson and Jack Duffield.

Guest Joe Nolan said:

I came last year and it was fantastic. The boys and girls work together marvellously and I really enjoy the music.”

Molly Thorpe, who was served by hearing impaired student Aisha Rasool, said:

This is the fourth time I’ve been. I come with my friend and we really enjoy it. Everything that happens here is lovely.”

Aisha, who at 15 is the youngest student to serve the guests and has to be accompanied by a signer, added:

I love helping people, it’s my passion. I like to get involved and it’s great how everyone comes together at Christmas.”