Our annual Senior Citizens’ Party yet again showed off King James’s true community spirit.
Year 12 students hosted around 130 guests, with the whole year group involved in planning and running the event, taking on roles ranging from comperes, entertainers and table hosts to bingo, raffle and washing up teams.
Guests were treated to a wonderful afternoon tea produced by our Year 9 hospitality students, with a range of savouries, beautifully crafted cakes and strawberries and cream. The Year 9s had laid and decorated the tables and then kept up a steady service of tea all afternoon.
Entertainment included pieces by flautists Frances Inglehearn, Megan Wilson and Opi Jones, vocal numbers from Emily Binks and Louise Henry and a repeat performance of Showtime songs Hakuna Matata and So Long, Farewell by the Von Trapp group from Years 7, 8 and 9. Molly Evans was our house pianist and Emily, Louise and Charlie Phillips acted as MCs.
All the guests got involved in a game of bingo ably led by caller Mr Ibbotson and his team and there were winners galore in the raffle, for which local retailers had generously provided the prizes.
Thanks also to Knaresborough Lions who supported the event by providing minibus transport to and from school for many of our guests.
One visitor stood at the end to make a spontaneous speech of thanks to all those involved and as they left the guests were full of praise for our students, impressed with their friendliness, courtesy, enthusiasm and talent.
A great afternoon all round - and a wonderful example of King James’s working with our local community!