Pupils are Christmas crackers

Some of the guests of Bernard Hall Primary School, Hall Lane, Houghton, who were rewarded with Christmas Lunch. Helen Irving (left) and Denise Chalk pulling a cracker with pupils l-r Zoe Ross, Caitlin Green, Antuan Kalunga and Robbie Baker. Below, the party at Sandhill View.
Some of the guests of Bernard Hall Primary School, Hall Lane, Houghton, who were rewarded with Christmas Lunch. Helen Irving (left) and Denise Chalk pulling a cracker with pupils l-r Zoe Ross, Caitlin Green, Antuan Kalunga and Robbie Baker. Below, the party at Sandhill View.
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GENEROUS pupils have been pulling out all the stops to make Christmas fun for everyone.

Among the youngsters who have been entertaining the community are the students at Bernard Gilpin Primary School and Sandhill View School.

Pupils from Sandhill View School were making sure that local elderley residents had some Christ,mas cheer when the school staged a festive lunch with entertainment thrown in too. Some of the pupils helping out are pictured alongside a few of the invited guests at the school.

Pupils from Sandhill View School were making sure that local elderley residents had some Christ,mas cheer when the school staged a festive lunch with entertainment thrown in too. Some of the pupils helping out are pictured alongside a few of the invited guests at the school.

At Bernard Gilpin, in Houghton, more than 50 members of the community were invited into the school for a Christmas lunch as a way of saying thank you for their support during 2010.

Headteacher Andrew Bainbridge came up with the idea when he was head at Willow Fields Primary School and it proved so popular he has taken the tradition with him to the Hall Lane school.

At Sandhill View, in Grindon Lane, the pupils put on a Christmas fun afternoon for more than 80 elderly residents in the community.

Paul Cockburn, a teacher at Sandhill, said this was the fourth year they had hosted the party afternoon for the pensioners and it always proved to be really popular, both for the visitors and with the students.

During the afternoon the young people served up food to the elderly and also provided entertainment, including Christmas carols with the school choir.

There was also traditional bingo, plus raffles and tombolas to add to the fun.

Mr Cockburn said: “It is a great experience for everyone. The young people and the elderly get the opportunity to see what both have to offer society.”