Year 7 students show their giving side

7 January 2016 | School News

Year 7 students at Weatherhead High School were praised by local nursing homes for the care and consideration shown to the residents over the festive period.  Students created beautifully packaged Christmas parcels of gifts, cards and messages and delivered these to local elderly residents during the last week of school term. The school has since received messages from residents and nursing home staff expressing their appreciation and thanks and wishing the girls a positive New Year.  The ongoing interaction between the students and local community, and the interest shown by each group toward the other, is something in which the year group, and the school community, takes great pride.

Over 50 students took time out of their lunch break at a Year 7 ‘Friendship and Social Club’ to create Christmas decorations, wrap gifts and write festive messages. Over three days they then visited 3 local care homes – Sandrock, Victoria House and Eaton Court Nursing Homes in Wallasey to meet with residents and hand over their parcels.  Over 200 gifts were given and students sang Christmas songs and carols with the residents before chatting over tea and mince pies.

Miss Brough, Year 7 Learning Mentor at Weatherhead, who helped coordinate the club activities and visits, commented: ‘The students make such an effort and really want to show the community residents how much they are valued.  A year 7 student shared that her grandparent had recently gone into a nursing home and knew how much it meant to residents to have visits and see young faces. So our girls see this as a chance to make a difference which is what our school’s values are all about.’