For their autumn community project, the Driffield School Executive Council decided to bring a bit of Christmas joy and cheer to elderly residents and staff at the Limes Care Home on Scarborough Road.
After a weekend away in mid-November at Spiers Bank House (which was generously funded by the Driffield School Association) to get to know each other and do some vital planning, Exec members came back into school to start the process of getting donations of small gifts and treats from students, staff and parents. The appeal went out through form groups, in assemblies and newsletters and the gifts were soon rolling in; everything from books, jigsaws and playing cards to chocolates, Christmas puddings and sweets.
In the last week before the holidays the Exec Council met up and tackled the task of sorting and wrapping the dozens of presents which had been collected in and then, on the final morning of term, they set off in the school minibus laden down with bags of gifts, boxes of mince pies and a violin to accompany their carol singing.
Once the presents were under the Christmas tree and the mince pies had been offered around, the students (accompanied by Miss Ramsay on the violin) then entertained the residents and staff with a rendition of several well-known Christmas carols.
“It felt really good doing something for the elderly and they really seemed to enjoy the carols that we sang” - Lucy Snaith Year 9
“The Exec Council were really pleased at the number of gifts donated by the students at Driffield School – it is obvious that everyone saw this as a worthwhile community project” – Miss Ramsay.
“It is lovely to know that the youngsters are thinking of others at this time of year” – resident at the Limes.