Pupils Lead Festive Singalong
Lower Prep pupils join residents from Anchor’s Bilton Court and Nelson Lodge care homes for Christmas carols and craft activities.
Lower Prep pupils today joined residents and volunteers from Anchor’s Bilton Court and Nelson Lodge care homes for a festive sing-a-long and craft activities. Fifteen children from Years 1 and 2 took part in the event, which featured Christmas classics Jingle Bells, Little Donkey, and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
This was the first public performance for the five- and six-year old singers, who are all members of a new Lower Prep choir. Our Prep School has forged close links with the Nelson Lodge care home in St Neots, having previously taken small groups of children to visit residents for activities including art, chess and baking.
Anchor volunteers were inspired to arrange the sing-a-long by “Dementia Sings Out”, a Wellingborough-based organisation which featured in BBC Music Day 2019 - an event which highlighted the positive impact music can have on those living with dementia.
Bilton Court Manager Ms Carley Young said: “For those living with dementia, and their families and carers, music can provide a real boost to their well-being. At Anchor we’re keen to help our residents live life to the full, and singing offers valuable social interaction and stimulation. It’s a powerful way to bring together people of all ages.”
Year 1 teacher Mrs Vicky Hanania, who leads the school choir with Mrs Lucy de Friend, added: “Today was a wonderful opportunity for different generations to get together and benefit from each other’s company. It’s a special time of year and everyone had a wonderful time singing and taking part in the craft activities. We look forward to visiting again with another group of children in the New Year.”