A Christmas treat for elderly residents

Newminster pupils Josh Dunsire and Jack Spears are pictured with teacher Sarah MacFarlane and Ethel Dolan, right, during the Christmas party at Renwick House. Picture by Keith Robertson.
Newminster pupils Josh Dunsire and Jack Spears are pictured with teacher Sarah MacFarlane and Ethel Dolan, right, during the Christmas party at Renwick House. Picture by Keith Robertson.

There was plenty of festive fun when school pupils went along to a sheltered housing scheme in Morpeth.

As part of the Friday afternoon Deep Learning Experience activities at Newminster Middle School and Technology College, each Year 8 class takes part in a community project with teacher Sarah MacFarlane.

This term, students have been visiting Renwick House in Kirkhill on a rota basis.

They have organised games, art and crafts activities, quizzes and refreshments and on the last school day before their two-week break, some of the pupils put together a Christmas party for the residents, who received tasty treats from a hamper and secret Santa gifts.

Mrs MacFarlane said: “These visits are an excellent opportunity for the students to socialise with people from a different generation and realise how small actions can have a positive impact on other people’s lives.

“We will continue to work with the sheltered housing scheme throughout the rest of the academic year.”