Brentwood School hosts afternoon filled with festive treats and carols for residents and carers from borough's care homes
PUBLISHED: 12:11 11 December 2018 | UPDATED: 12:11 11 December 2018
Christmas spirit was in abundance as young and old united as they enjoyed singing carols as well as a festive afternoon tea.
Brentwood School, Middleton Hall Lane, once again held its annual Christmas party and musical extravaganza, hosted by the school’s community service unit, for residents and carers in care homes around the borough at Memorial Hall.
Student Owen Romhany, who was celebrating his 13th birthday, opened proceedings for a second year running with a short rendition of Once in Royal David’s City.
Regular attendee John Samuel joined student deputy head of school, Catriona Kadirkamanathan, in a performance of White Christmas, and director of music Florian Cooper, led the congregation in a rendition of Ding Dong Merrily on High.
The visitors, from Shen Place Almshouses, South Weald Almshouses, Seven Arches, Leonard Lodge, The Marillac and Anisha Grange, were also entertained by the school’s talented Chamber Choir, Junior Boys’ Barbershop and Junior String Quartet.
Members of the school’s community service unit, who had decorated the Memorial Hall with a bright array of festive adornments, served wine, sherry, mince pies, sausage rolls and Christmas cake.
They also weaved among the tables to chat to the residents, many of whom they know from their regular visits to care homes on Friday afternoons.
Head of the CSU and teacher Rob Jenkins paid tribute to the six-strong CSU student committee who had worked so hard to organise the afternoon.
He also thanked the school’s caterers, Independents by Sodexo, and the music department for helping to make it such a wonderful event.