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Harrogate school transformed into Winter Wonderland to support family charity

Ashville College Prep pupils closed the Autumn term with a flourish, combining Christmas, charity and commerce in a single event.

Harrogate school transformed into Winter Wonderland to support family charity

Ashville College Prep pupils closed the Autumn term with a flourish, combining Christmas, charity and commerce in a single event.

Teachers from Ashville College Prep School in Harrogate donned Christmas jumpers and parents helped to transform classrooms and corridors into a Winter Wonderland, while Santa moved into his temporary grotto in the school’s Outdoor Learning tent for the day.

But, while all enjoyed a little festive spirit in the run-up to the coming holiday, there were still opportunities for pupils to learn from new experiences and to help those less fortunate by supporting Yorkshire charity Zarach.

Each of the Prep School’s classes set up their own enterprise to run from stalls, with visitors able to buy Christmas decorations and snowflakes made by Years One and Two and gingerbread people made by Year Three.

The school’s Charity Club also ran a stall adding to funds raised for Zarach, founded to help children from families in crisis and unable to rely on a good night’s sleep or proper meals.

Head of Prep School Phil Soutar said:

“It was a great mix of festive fun, commerce and charitable enterprise which encouraged pupils to consider aspects of life which they may not have encountered before.

“Concepts like pricing to balance costs against profit, marketing and even competition were all things they came up against but, as it was a Christmas fayre, it was in a way that made it fun.

“However, there was also an opportunity to reinforce the importance of other things such as teamwork and consideration for others – values which we try to instil in our pupils throughout their journey at Ashville."

But Mr Soutar also acknowledged it wasn’t just the pupils who benefited from the event.

He added:

“The school is indebted to everyone who helped to pull the fayre together – including staff and the New Friends of Ashville parents’ association.

"It’s a wonderful way to get together to reforge links at a time of year when we all tend to reconnect with the things in life that matter.

“We wish the whole school community a very merry Christmas and New Year and hope that we can all enjoy a safe and happy holiday.”

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