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Senior Citizens Christmas Party

Talented performers brought some Christmas cheer to their elderly neighbours when they put on a special festive show and tea.

Musicians, singers, dancers and actors took to the floor at The King’s Academy, in Coulby Newham, in an annual treat for residents of local care homes.

Accompanied by home staff and family members, regular attendees came from Kirkley Lodge, Dalby Court and Tollesby Hall, along with guests from Lavender Court on their first visit.

Cath Wolfenden, a resident of Kirkley Lodge, said:

It’s very nice coming here. It’s always very well organised and it’s lovely to see the children dancing and singing.”

Beryl Colligan added:

This is the third time I’ve been, it’s one we all look forward to.”

The guests were treated to an afternoon tea served by Sixth Formers and a programme of entertainment that included tap dancing by Rachel Geddes and Eloise Plantaz, a singing solo by Ellie Blake, harp playing by Laura Edmonds and three numbers by the cast of the academy’s production of Mary Poppins.

Vision impaired pianists Cody Brown and Ethan Cramer impressed the audience with a duet and Kendle Hill sang Christmas classics before the guests joined in a festive singalong.

Nathan Bulley, Acting Principal at The King’s Academy, said:

Our residents’ afternoon tea is an event we all look forward to and it’s a great pleasure to welcome our guests from local care homes each Christmas.

“Students love to perform for them and our Sixth Formers do a great job serving the fabulous tea provided by our catering team. It’s an afternoon that puts us all in the Christmas spirit. Particular thanks go to the members of staff who made such an effort to lay this on.”

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Student entrepreneurs present business ideas in annual challenge

ENTERPRISING students impressed a panel of industry experts with their innovative and ecological thinking in an annual challenge to find the next generation of business leaders.

Reading apps to boost learning, a bike-mounted, self-projecting cycle lane and a dual-purpose gum massager and toothbrush were among a host of novel ideas as the Emmanuel Schools Foundation harnessed the power of Year 9 thinking.

For the first time, the ESF Business Game brought together students from the recently enlarged trust, which now includes The King’s Academy, Coulby Newham, Emmanuel College and Grace College, Gateshead, Bede Academy, Blyth, Christ’s College, Sunderland, and Trinity Academy, Thorne, near Doncaster.

Hosted by Emmanuel College, 12 teams of up to five students, two from each academy, pitched their ideas to a panel of industry experts after spending a week off curriculum to research and hone their presentations.

The panel comprised Ian Dormer, of Rosh Engineering Ltd, Gareth Kane, of Terra Infirma, Simon Goon, of Umi, and Matthew Lumsden, of Connected Energy.

The competition was open to Year 9 students across the trust with the best ideas being put forward for the final. Teams had just eight minutes to impress judges with their innovations, business plans, costings and marketing strategies.

Five of the 12 teams were then invited back for further questioning before the judges retired to consider the winners.

These included Christ’s College’s, which analysed literacy rates and recommended appropriate books to improve reading; Trinity Academy’s recyclable cutlery made from husk for the fast food industry; The King’s Academy’s Chewgella, a dual purpose gum soother/toothbrush moulded into a variety of animal images with corresponding gels; Emmanuel College’s Eco-analyser, which identified recyclable plastics; and Grace College’s Hat-Nav, a hi-tech cycle helmet.

Judge Ian Dormer told students:

We have been enthralled by everything we have heard, particularly the maturity you have shown, your innovative ideas and the disciplined and thorough manner with which you have followed the brief.”

First place went to Christ’s College’s

Competition organiser Stephen Robson, who is head of business and community at Emmanuel College, said:

All the teams produced some very good work and a host of great ideas which they presented competently and confidently.

“They have gained so much from the experience in terms of being able to structure their own time, work as a team, improve presentation skills and gain a huge amount of confidence and self-esteem.”