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Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party 2015

Creativity, Activity and Service is a core part of the IB Diploma Programme helping to foster international mindedness, self awareness and a sense of identity. Students plan and participate in experiences and take on challenges that involve creativity, physical activity and , in particular, service. Students  then create a portfolio of evidence in which they reflect  on their engagement and achievements from these experiences.  All 6th Form students at AES participate in some elements of this IB programme as enrichment activities both in school and in the wider local and global community.  Examples of which are volunteering in care homes, charity shops, animal rescue centres, with  local Scouting and Guiding groups, supporting  younger students with their learning and running lunch time  clubs.

This week, one CAS group organised the annual Senior Citizens Party.  The students organised everything from sending out the invitations and distributing posters around the village, asking local stores for donations for the raffle, buying and preparing the food and drink, setting up the venue, planning a programme of entertainment including the school choir, drama performances by Year 7 students and solo performances by 6th formers and tidying up afterwards.   “The school has been hosting local pensioners for over 20 years; it is a highlight of the Anglo Christmas calendar” said Mr Barrs, Co-Headteacher.  Mrs Elaine Brame said “This afternoon I attended my very first Senior Citizens Christmas Party. It was impressive – plenty of food and entertainment and performances – you may ask why it was impressive this is because the event was organised by the 6th Formers of the Anglo European School. Thank you to all involved.”   From Tereza Kolacna and Joe Waites  ” It was so rewarding to engage with the Senior Citizens and have a chance to sit and talk with them about Ingatestone in the past, quite a few had family members who had attended the school and it was so interesting to hear their stories.”  Tereza – “Planning this event really improved my organisational skills and seeing how much the Senior Citizens enjoyed the party made it worthwhile”. Joe – “The organisation was made much easier by the large numbers of donations by parents and local organisations. It was so good to see all our hard work go according to plan and that the OAPs enjoyed it so much.”