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Students’ festive spirit helps those in need

Kind-hearted staff and students at Havering Sixth Form College have donated a trolley full of festive goodies and other items to help those in need this Christmas.

The full-to-the-brim trolley was delivered to the charity The Harold Hill Foodbank which is run by The Trussell Trust and distributes emergency food and other supplies to those in crisis.

The trolley was left in the College’s Quad for staff and students to fill up with non-perishable foods, toiletries and baby items – and the response was phenomenal with the trolley flowing over with delicious goodies.

Ian Budge, Assistant Principal for Learner Resource, Culture & Behaviour, said: “The response to our appeal for food to help those in need was overwhelming. We have some very charitable, big-hearted students who have helped to support local people in crisis this Christmas.”

Other College end-of-term charity events included Children in Need, which raised £300 and Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Save the Children, which raised £28.

A Christmas Creative Writing Competition run by the College’s library team was won by English Language & Literature student Eleanor Morgan who wrote an entertaining short story entitled Christmas (but with parrots). Eleanor won a £25 book token.

Two runners-up were Stefany Coca in second place and Fahim Khan in third place, who both won £15 book tokens. The winners were chosen by Subject Leader for English Literature, Lee Smith.

A musical end to the term was provided by the BTEC Music Performance and Music Technology students who showcased a selection of festive songs, including All I Want for Christmas is You, Last Christmas, Rocking Around the Christmas Tree, White Christmas and a lively version of Jingle Bells which incorporated a rap section and a nod to the Spanish song Feliz Navidad!

The concert showed off the students’ musicianship and the strength of voices of the singers and was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience.


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