KIND-HEARTED students at St Joseph’s Catholic Comprehensive School have thrown a special Christmas party for more than 200 local pensioners.
There wasn’t a spare seat in the school hall on the day of the party, at which the guests were treated to a buffet lunch and drinks.
Sixth form students dressed in festive costumes helped to prepare and serve the food, and even did the washing up.
Lunch was followed by entertainment including some festive songs, a game of bingo and Irish dancing. There was also a spot of choral carol singing, and prizes were awarded to the raffle winners, including a bumper hamper of Christmas food and treats.
The party is organised by the sixth form students at the school who, every year, run a number of fund raising events to pay for the party. Under the watchful eye of head of year Arthur Gwynn, the students sent out invitations to pensioners across Port Talbot and Neath, and arranged transport to and from the school on the day.
Mr Gwynn said: ‘The Christmas party provides the pensioners of the area with an opportunity to meet young people and see them in a different light.
“I am always impressed with the sixth-formers’ care and concern for our guests.“
Mr. Pyke, a sixth form tutor, added: “I’m always very proud of our students for organising this event.
“They really throw themselves into it, and they raise all the money themselves.
“They’re also brilliant on the day, and it’s a pleasure to see the two generations having such a good time together.”