On Monday 17th December, over 50 Budehaven students took part in a heart-warming act of kindness. 30 members of the local Bude nursing homes attended a Christmas meal held in the school’s dining hall.
The whole event was organised and run by the students from the school. The day started early in the catering department led by Mrs Windle and Mrs Edwards. Year 10 Catering students prepared all the vegetables and cooked them in their double lesson; the vegetables had been kindly donated by Morrisons, so the school was very grateful for their support.
Meanwhile, the meat was roasting in the canteen and on the menu was turkey and gammon which had been purchased through funds kindly given by the Holsworthy Lions.
Next, the students decorated the dining hall with table decorations and crackers along with drinks prepared for the arrival of their special guests. All table decorations and drinks were kindly donated by Sainsbury’s and once again, the school thanks them for their kind generosity.
The school’s elderly care home residents then began to arrive, either by their own transportation or by chauffeur service from Budehaven’s very own Mrs Bardsley driving the school minibus.
The guests were met at the door by the students who showed them to their tables and sat down to talk with them throughout the meal. The student waiters and waitresses started to take orders and then collected the food from the service hatch where students were plating up the delicious meal.
Year 7 Students provided drinks throughout the afternoon service. Once the main course was served, the guests were treated to delicious Christmas pudding and custard.
Throughout the afternoon service, Mrs Wade and Tom Marples played festive jazz music to create a fantastic atmosphere while Clive Symms from Symages Photography took some stunning shots that really capture the atmosphere.
Once service had finished, the guests made their way back to their care homes and the Budehaven Students assisted in clearing tables and doing all the washing up.
Concurrently with this cheering event, Year 7 students brought in Shoe Box Christmas presents to be delivered over the Christmas period to all 9 of local care homes. For some of their guests, these boxes may have been the only present they received and it touched the hearts of many of the guests to open the kind gifts from the students. In total, they delivered just over 120 shoe boxes.
One of the Care Home workers stood on stage and thanked the students for their marvellous act of kindness. She said that: “Bude’s future is bright after seeing such wonderful students behaving so kindly today”.
As a school, Budehaven is driving its kindness initiative across all 7 year groups and value this quality as an incredibly important part of a child’s character. If there are any opportunities in our community where students from Budehaven can take part in additional acts of kindness to support others, then please get in touch with the Directors of Key Stage and they will see how the students can be of assistance.