A YARDLEY school is spreading the Christmas cheer with the community this year, with a whole range of festive activities underway.
Cockshut Hill, part of Summit Learning Trust, kickstarted its festivities with a performance from its choir at the Birmingham NEC, as part of an OAP Christmas Gala for the most vulnerable elderly in the local community.
Students from the choir performed a thirty-minute set of light entertainment and Christmas songs to over 400 guests, who enjoyed it immensely.
The Cockshut Hill Choir also sang to visitors at the Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, and again at a community tea party hosted for local residents on 8 December.
Isabel, a Year 8 student at Cockshut Hill, part of Summit Learning Trust, said: “I was thrilled to be asked to perform and enjoyed every minute. I hope that the patients and their families enjoyed our performance”
For the third consecutive year, staff at Cockshut Hill have purchased gifts or donated money to create a goody bag of 24 items, or ‘reverse advent calendars’, distributed to children and families at the school who need support this winter amidst the cost-of-living crisis.
The school has also received a generous £500 donation from law firm Pinsent Mason and its Birmingham Community Investment Action Group, to purchase hygiene items and Christmas selection boxes, for vulnerable children and their families in the school community.
Jason Bridges, Principal of Cockshut Hill, said:“We are so proud at Cockshut Hill to be helping our surrounding community in any way we can around Christmas, and particularly this year, as many families struggle with the cost of living crisis.
“We work hard to develop and maintain strong partnerships with our families and local communities. We see this as vital in supporting children so that they can achieve the highest possible standards of education during their time here at Cockshut Hill.
“It has been fantastic to see our students getting so involved in our outreach activities, and I’m so proud of their kind and considerate attitude to others.”