On Thursday 28 September, St Augustine’s Day Care Centre hosted an afternoon tea party at Wisbech Grammar School to celebrate the Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee (65 years on the throne).
Approximately 180 guests from local daycare centres and nursing homes enjoyed an afternoon of cakes and musical entertainment. WGS 6th Form pupils spent the afternoon with guests ensuring everyone had a great afternoon, with good company, afternoon tea and entertainment. The tea party was held in the School’s main hall which was decorated with Union Jack flags and bunting, and the tables were laid out with vintage cups and saucers, and beautiful handmade flower arrangements. While the guests arrived and settled at their tables, they enjoyed piano music performed by Abigail McGlone.
The afternoon kicked off at 12.30pm with musical entertainment provided by Wisbech Grammar School pupils including the steel pans and solo performances from Abigail McGlone (6T), Charley Kirby (2W) and Louisa Parker (2W). These beautiful musical arrangements provided the perfect backdrop to the afternoon tea which consisted of sandwiches, homemade scones and sausage rolls provided and served by students at the College of West Anglia, and 200 cupcakes baked and decorated by pupils at WGS.
The ‘Blighty Belles’ then took to the stage and sang a variety of well-known songs chosen from the decades of the Queen’s reign. The pupils, who had been chatting with the guests until this point, started to dance and got many of the guests up on their feet at the front of the hall. Everyone said how much they enjoyed seeing the pupils have fun and they brought a lot of energy and laughter to the party. It was great fun! The pupils also learnt lots from guest
The afternoon concluded with the guests singing the National Anthem as the Royal British Legion lowered their Standard. Thanks were given to Maxine and Carole from St Augustine’s Day Care Centre for their enormous efforts organising the event. Thanks must also go to St John’s Ambulance who attended the event and to Asda who kindly donated items towards the afternoon tea itself.
“It is such an honour to host this wonderful community event which sees the pupils interacting with local elderly and vulnerable adults. The pupils were fantastic helping to serve the afternoon tea, chatting to the guests and encouraging them to dance along to the band. They all enjoyed themselves enormously and found it a very rewarding experience. It is brilliant to see their confidence grow and they did themselves proud.” (Miss Kate Taylor, Deputy Head of 6th Form).