Year 6 were delighted to follow in the footsteps of last year's pupils by inviting their new pen friends into school for a musical concert and a chat over mince pies and coffee.
Pupils began writing earlier in the term and have been thrilled to receive letters back telling them about what life was like for children growing up in the past - a particular favourite snippet came from Adrian, who wrote about watching the Queen's coronation on a black and white television with a magnifying glass. Pupil Stan was delighted to find out more in person when he met Adrian for the first time - and to have a good chat about the Exeter Chiefs, as they are both great fans.
Chloe Myers, Manager at Volunteering in Health, has been keen to match the pupils and penfriends closely based on their interests this year, so there was no shortage of conversation creating an exciting buzz in the room. We were pleased to invite in some familiar faces from last year including Jeniffer and Mike Gillett, who have been great supporters of the project, and some new faces, including some of the new friends we have been meeting weekly when visiting Teignbridge House Residential Care Home. This has been an exciting extension of the project, involving pupils from across the school.
This week's concert included some excellent soloists, introduced by comperes Charlotte and Bruno, who displayed their talents on a range of instruments, including Grace on trombone, Bailey on Cello, Jack, Ava, Ivy, Jeannie and Esther on piano, Erin and Esther on violins and Dom, Alannah, Alfie, Jack, Mathilde, Chloe and Beth on guitars, leaving the audience enraptured. As one visitor commented: "the level of talent is amazing - I expect we might see some of these on The X-Factor in the future!"
Gifts were made and given including home-made shortbread and table decorations all helping the children to understand the meaning of giving and of offering friendship at Christmas time.
Class teacher, Janet Gordge, explained that the class are looking forward to carrying on writing, to meeting again and to continuing to build the relationship with Teignbridge House with regular visits planned in for the rest of the year. She thanked Helen Rushton from Teignbridge House for her hard work in making that such a huge success and for bringing residents to the concert.
Click on the link below to view a photogallery from the afternoon.
Festive Gathering Photogallery