Oxted School holds its Senior Citizens’ Christmas Lunch

On Tuesday, 12 December, Oxted School held its Senior Citizens’ Christmas Lunch. This is a tradition that the school has taken part in for a long time, but it was put on hold during Covid and this was the first time they had done it since 2020. 

Residents from local care homes (Wolfes House Care Home, Windmill Manor, Tandridge Heights, Buxton Lodge, Oakhurst, Hill House Care Home, Beatrice Lodge, Belvedere House, Care Homes of Distinction, Rokewood Court, Silver Court Care Home and Royal Alfred Seafarers Society) plus other individuals, were invited to the school, where health and social care students from the school and sixth form served them with refreshments including sandwiches, biscuits and drinks.

The guests also had a visit from Santa, who arrived to cheers and applause. He brought them presents: a card made by Year 7 students, and a tree decoration created by a school technician, before making his way around the tables. He chatted to as many people as he could before the school choir took up their position in front of the Christmas tree.

They sang a collection of traditional Christmas songs including Away in a Manger, Silent Night and the 12 Days of Christmas. The senior citizens enjoyed the choir’s performance, enthusiastically joining in with them all.

Mrs Ojekwe-Uche, head of health and social care, and child development at Oxted School, spoke about the long-standing tradition of the school inviting local senior citizens to how important it was that school has connections like this with other groups in the community.

Many of the guests had been to this event before, while others were there for the first time. Some had even braved the horrendous rain that Tuesday was plagued with to walk to the school! Residents from the Royal Alfred Seafarers Society in Banstead said they had really enjoyed the ‘lovely atmosphere’ in the school’s hall.

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