Hethersett Woodside First School are helping to make Christmas a little
sweeter for those without homes this year.
The children have
been busy preparing and donating bags of sugar for the homeless. Before
Christmas these will be sent to the Norwich based Buckingham Emergency
Food Appeal and used for baking and hot drinks for homeless shelters
during the festive season.
Woodside Head Helen
Lamb believes in teaching the children how to give as well as receive at
“Christmas is a
very special time for us all and we celebrate by giving gifts to the
community as well as receiving.”
The school has also
donated 74 shoe boxes containing presents for the Christmas Child
appeal. The boxes have been added to thousands being sent from Norwich
to Novi Sad for distribution in Serbia and Montenegro at Christmas.
The children have
been celebrating Christmas with their own concerts with Reception and
Year One performing “It’s a Baby” and Years Two and Three
performing “It Was on a Starry Night.” They have also enjoyed a
special Christmas dinner, had a visit from Father Christmas, watched a
performance by puppeteers funded by the Friends organisation and taken
part in the annual Hethersett Schools’ Carol Service in St Remigius
Church where children from Year Three provided a choir. Next Monday the
youngsters will be visiting Woodcote Residential home to sing to the
The school has
turned a former shed in its grounds into a crib and stable for “baby
Jesus.” The all purpose shed has previously provided home for
Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
The stable is
particularly popular with children from the school’s reception class
who can visit it in all weather thanks to a donation of wet day play
suits by the Friends organisation.
of wet suits is something we will be developing in the school. It lets
the children go out in wet weather,” Mrs Lamb said.