Harvest Party at Oakham School
15 October 2015
Scrumptious tea and cakes, along with sparkling entertainment, was the order of the day at Oakham School’s Harvest Party held on Monday.
Students carried on the annual tradition, which has been running for over 27 years, of offering a fantastic afternoon of entertainment to the elderly of Rutland. Over 200 people from across the county certainly enjoyed being waited on, looked after and entertained by 40 Voluntary Action students!
“Each year the students put a huge amount of effort into the event,” says Head of Voluntary Action Kevin Beadle. “They adorned the dining hall with decorations and flowers, and with the help of school staff they made sandwiches and cakes to serve to the guests. They spent hours talking to the party-goers, serving them tea and generally making the party a real success for everyone who attended.”
The pupils provided wonderful musical entertainment, Dr Chilton expertly called a great game of bingo, and there was a well-stocked raffle which raised £315 for Homestart.
Each year the School dedicates two weekends across to ‘Service’ – where pupils take a break from lessons, sport and everyday school life, to either help others in the local community, or to undertake personal challenges of Duke of Edinburgh or CCF activities. A variety of different Voluntary Action activities took place throughout the weekend, as well as the much-loved Harvest Party, from conservation work at Launde Abbey, entertaining primary school students and residents at The Lodge Trust in Market Overton, to helping maintain playgrounds and delivering Harvest Festival food bags.
“Voluntary Action is an important part of life at Oakham School – it gives our students the chance to really put the needs of others ahead of their own,” continues Kevin. “The fact we have two weekends a year dedicated to different types of service and Voluntary Action really does show just how much importance the School places on developing these skills and values.”