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Staff take break from teaching to serve girls their Christmas lunch

FEEDING HUNDREDS Catering staff, from left, Bridget Blakely, 48, Bev Sturgess, 55, Ian Chilcott, 51, Julie Pratt, 43, and Kathy Cooper, 41. Pictures: Malcolm Wells (133567-4500)

FEEDING HUNDREDS Catering staff, from left, Bridget Blakely, 48, Bev Sturgess, 55, Ian Chilcott, 51, Julie Pratt, 43, and Kathy Cooper, 41. Pictures: Malcolm Wells (133567-4500)

 

TEACHERS swapped their marking pens for a jug of gravy and some fresh turkey as students were rewarded for their hard work with a Christmas lunch.

Staff at the Portsmouth Academy for Girls served up a festive lunch for pupils at the school, which was paid for by donations from the local community.

Natalie Sheppard is principal at the school, and was serving the girls gravy.

She said: ‘We wanted to reward the students first and foremost because their behaviour has been excellent.

‘We asked some employers if they would be able to make a contribution to Christmas lunch. That enabled us to pay for everybody.

‘It’s really important that when a community works hard they come together and have fun because it’s what builds the spirit in the school.

‘It’s great to see staff dressed up serving the students. That builds respect. It gives them a chance to enjoy being with each other and to relax and look forward to Christmas.

‘I couldn’t be more delighted with what they have achieved this term.’

Staff dressed up as elves and Christmas music was played.

Georgia Pope, 15, in Year 10, said: ‘It’s very generous because they didn’t have to do that. They could have made us pay but it’s done off their own back.

‘It brings everybody together. They set it all out really nicely too.’

Darci Butcher, 15, also in Year 10, added: ‘It’s a really nice idea to have a Christmas dinner in school with our friends because on Christmas Day you spend it with your family.’

 

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