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Pupils perform at old folks tea party

Academy 360 pupils ready to sing at a community high tea, left to right; Amber Kelly, Estelle Stubbs, Lauren Calvert, Jessica Campbell and Kate Vicars.

Academy 360 pupils ready to sing at a community high tea, left to right; Amber Kelly, Estelle Stubbs, Lauren Calvert, Jessica Campbell and Kate Vicars.

SONGS from the past helped a community tea party go with a swing.

Students from Academy 360 in Sunderland went along to entertain elderly residents who were invited to an afternoon tea.

The event was organised by Pennywell Community Group, which is made up of parents of children at the school as well as the wider community.

Members of the group, which is a registered charity, work hard to bring activities to the community for people of all ages, and the afternoon tea in the Academy 360 Achievement Centre was the latest event.

Leigh Gibbons, chairman of the group, said: “We decided to hold the event to bring older members of the community together and get them out and about.”

With support from Academy 360 and Sunderland College, members of the group, who are all volunteers, put on a spread of cakes and sandwiches for the visitors.

Leigh added: “If it is a success, which it looks like it was, then we hope to make it a regular event.”

To add a flavour of times gone by to the afternoon tea, a group of girls from Academy 360 sang some classics from the 50s and 60s including Unchained Melody and Will You Love Me Tomorrow?, which the pensioners enjoyed.

Jill Dawson, adult, family and community learning manager for Academy 360, said: “Academy 360 is very proud and supportive of both its parents and the community.”

She said events such as the afternoon tea highlighted the community spirit in Pennywell.

 

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