Tea and hip-hop for Isaac Newton Academy pupils’ elderly guests

Pupils at the Isaac Newton Academy in Ilford organised a community day for older people in the area.

Pupils at the Isaac Newton Academy in Ilford organised a community day for older people in the area. - Credit: Archant

Elderly people were invited to come and take part in a school’s community party last week.

About 50 guests and 65 pupils from Isaac Newton Academy’s primary and secondary classes, took part in the event at the High Road, Ilford school, organised and run by the students.

Afternoon tea, with cake and sandwiches was served to the guests, including residents from Oakfield Lodge care home, Albert Road, Ilford, and there were drama performances, music by the school’s hip-hop brass band and a game of bingo.

Each pupil was given a different role, from making the decorations, to serving and chatting to guests, performing on stage or overseeing the smooth running of the party.

Assistant principal, Sugra Alibhai-Watson, who led the organisation of the event said: “It’s was a really lovely moment and there was a real sense of togetherness.

“It is important our students spend time with people from different generations and it gave them the opportunity to meet and connect with the elderly. All the guests and pupils really enjoyed it.”