Students spread festive cheer at Saddleworth School

THERE was festive cheer throughout Saddleworth School as pupils and staff enjoyed Christmas assemblies and put on their annual Senior Citizens’ Party.

There was a special Christmas assembly for each year group, including hymns and carols as well as readings and solos by pupils.

In the year 7 assembly, the talented brass ensemble led by Mr Beckwith provided the accompaniment.

There were speeches by headmaster Mr Milburn, Mr Pollard and guests Rev Howard Sutcliffe, a school governor, and Rev Aaron Moffat-Jackman, assistant curate at Saddleworth Church.

Rev Sutcliffe read a poem written by a pupil for the Saddleworth Literary Festival earlier in the year, and looked at how pupils will develop and shape the community in Saddleworth and beyond.

Rev Moffat-Jackman spoke about looking at fears and excitements and their meaning in the story of Christmas.

And Mr Milburn concluded the event, saying: “This is a wonderful opportunity to sit together in our Saddleworth School community to rejoice and celebrate at Christmas.”

After there was the Senior Citizen’s Christmas Party which is hosted by pupils each year as a treat for elderly relatives, friends and residents.

Around 40 guests enjoyed this year’s event which included a mouth-watering buffet, quiz, a raffle and music from pupils including singing, a guitar group and band.

The event was arranged by the school’s business students, including gathering sponsorship, donations and raffle prizes from local businesses, while pupils on the BTEC Jamie Oliver course organised and prepared the food.

Meanwhile, there was festive entertainment from staff as they put on their annual Christmas pantomime in assembly.

And pupils and staff alike swapped their usual uniforms for Christmas jumpers, with everyone donation of £1 each going to Friends of Saddleworth School.

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