Twyford pupils give gifts

14 December 2016

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Brenda Vowden, Hastings Leader


For children, Christmas is often about getting presents. For Room 2 pupils at Twyford School last week, it was all about giving. They delighted residents at Gracelands with homemade gifts and decorated boxes, says diversional therapist Viv Harrison.

“The class was learning about the joy of giving at Christmas rather than receiving. Our residents were so emotional at their generosity and were very touched.”

Parent helper Tracey Agnew accompanied class representatives Kace Dobbe, Alexa Taiheara Wepa and Grace Agnew. Teacher Angela Appleton says this is ‘technology term’ at school, where pupils are asked to make a product for a target audience.

“We decided as Christmas is the time of year for giving, we thought we would give a Christmas gift to somebody else. We wanted to give it to somebody special. One of the children had recently visited a grandparent in a home and that gave us the idea. We then discussed what the gift could be and decided on home made sweets. We researched what sweets we could make, also what we could make here at school.”

The children made wrapping paper, printing their own design as well as cube and pyramid shaped boxes—with the help of their big buddy and parent helpers.

“We had spent a lot of time this term creating our gifts. It was so lovely to hear how the children gave them to each person in the home. They also came back with different stories about individuals they had met.”


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