Search

Haverstock school bridges generational divide as pupils throw tea party for pensioners

13:00 02 February 2014

Pupils host a teaparty for senior citizens at Haverstock School. Janet Fruin, 78, and George Telfer, 92, are pictured with Claire Lesa, 15. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Pupils host a teaparty for senior citizens at Haverstock School. Janet Fruin, 78, and George Telfer, 92, are pictured with Claire Lesa, 15. Picture: Nigel Sutton

© Nigel Sutton email pictures@nigelsuttonphotography.com

Smiling faces were the order of the day as pupils at Haverstock School held their annual tea party for senior citizens.

Vivienne Abberley with pupils Esther Joy Boadu and Maureen Rahim
. Picture: Nigel SuttonVivienne Abberley with pupils Esther Joy Boadu and Maureen Rahim . Picture: Nigel Sutton

After more than 20 years, the event is a firmly established tradition at the school in Haverstock Hill, Chalk Farm, and provides an opportunity to bridge the generational divide.

Tea and cakes were served up along with piping hot pots of tea and students even arrived early at 7am to personally prepare sandwiches for the party, organised by Year 10 pupils and head of year Amy Brown.

Residents of Maitland Park and Branch Hill care homes were particularly delighted to hear the students singing as entertainment during the afternoon tea on January 24.

Nikki Haydon, the school’s community partnerships coordinator, said: “A lot of the older people have a great relationship with Haverstock, they know our kids very well.

Pupils served up tea in pots, cakes and home-made sandwiches. Picture: Nigel SuttonPupils served up tea in pots, cakes and home-made sandwiches. Picture: Nigel Sutton

“What impresses me is that some of the pupils who are very shy, who you would not expect to be confident speaking to someone much older, really come out of themselves.

“You see some of the boys, who you wouldn’t expect to have these social skills, being very positive and caring and that to me is very important.”

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 18:12
Ian Campbell outside Hendon Magistrates' Court. Picture: Polly Hancock.

A man who threatened to burn down a bus packed with Jewish women and children has been jailed for five months for his anti-Semitic tirade.

Yesterday, 17:00
Left to right: Jeremy Clynes, Deborah Warland, Hetty Colchester and Jonathan Seres, who all helped to set up Garden Suburb Community Library. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

Campaigners who took over running their local library to save it from closure fear that new multi-million pound cuts will “decimate” Barnet’s library service.

Yesterday, 16:45
Will Jenkins, of Highgate School, was a finalist in the 11-14 category at the 50th Wildlife Photograher of the Year Awards

When an 11-year-old Highgate schoolboy leapt out of a swimming pool to capture a striking dragon-like iguana on camera, he had no clue the snap would class him among the best young photographers in the world.

Yesterday, 15:21
Members of The Highgate Bowl Action Group which includes members of The Highgate Society, Highgate Neighbourhood Forum, Highgate Village Business Association, Conservation Area Advisory Committee and the Harington Scheme, are hailing a victory in their fight to save the Bowl from development. Picture: Polly Hancock

Campaigners are hailing a victory in a 50-year fight to save a leafy stretch of land known as Highgate Bowl from development after a planning inspector threw out plans to build luxury homes.

Most read news

“Space is hard and today was a tough day.”

One pilot is dead and another seriously injured after the craft exploded over the Mojave desert.

One pilot has died and another is seriously injured after a rocket belonging to billionaire Sir Richard Branson’s space tourism venture crashed during a test flight. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket came down in the Mojave Desert in California. An eyewitness reported that the craft exploded in flight after ignition. A Virgin Galactic spokesman said the […]

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition