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The Trinity School Community Christmas Party kicks off festive season for Whitgift Care residents.

Taking place on Wednesday 26 November, the School welcomed guests for an evening packed full of entertainment by boys across all year groups.

This year, more than 30 residents from Whitgift Care attended the eagerly awaited event and were joined by more than 100 older people from other care homes, diners clubs or the local community in Croydon.

Guests were treated to a variety of entertainment including bingo, a student-led quiz, a raffle and even a pantomime performance.

Magic tricks were performed at guests’ tables as the pupils served tea, coffee and a buffet of cakes and sandwiches before the main entertainment began.

Music was a key feature of the evening with performances from the Trinity Big Band, a recital by The Richards Quartet, a song from the American Songbook by Linda Saint, and a rendition of Ding Dong Merrily on High by Trinity Sixth Form students.

A medley of Christmas carols were sung by residents, students, staff and parents including Once in Royal David’s City, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and O Come All Ye Faithful.

Pat, a resident from Whitgift House said: “The boys were really helpful serving tea and cake, some of them performed magic tricks at our tables, I couldn’t work out how they did it. It was amazing.”

Thirteen year old pupil Harry Cookson said:  “Every helper and guest really enjoyed themselves and it was fun helping.”

Whitgift Care residents would like to give a huge thank you to all Trinity pupils, staff and parents for providing food and their time to make this a memorable event which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. They would also like to thank Care Providers for generously loaning wheelchairs free of charge, which helped guests to be comfortable and safe.

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