Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City children spread some Christmas cheer
PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 December 2018
Schoolchildren spread some Christmas cheer by singing carols at Debenhams in Welwyn Garden City.
Welwyn Hatfield Chamber of Commerce chairman Nick Brown said: “What a lovely evening.
“The children of Oak View School and Ridgeway Academy came together to sing carols at Debenhams.
“A massive thank you to Gemma at Debenhams for helping to organise the event and for collecting donations for the schools ‘Walk a Mile’ campaign.
“Jed Whelan at Ridgeway Academy collected the Oak View Children from Hatfield, and joined in the sing along.
“We hope to do a re-run next year and turn this into an annual event.”
Ridgeway Academy headteacher Jed Whelan said: “Ridgeway students were happy to join their Oak View colleagues to spread the Christmas spirt with their carol singing at Debenhams last Thursday.
“It was a most enjoyable opportunity for the students to showcase their singing skills and for the customers and parents to join in.
“We all hope this will become an annual event.”
Anne Clarke, chairman of the governors for Oak View School, said: “It was a great opportunity for our school to forge a friendship with Ridgeway Academy in Welwyn Garden City.
“They were most kind to use their minibuses to transport our children to and from the carol singing event.
“We are already talking about carol singing again next year.
“The children loved it and Mr Barnes our music lead has told me how much fun it was.
“It certainly looked as if everyone was enjoying themselves and customers stopped to watch, some joining in with the carols.
“Debenhams looked very festive and made everyone feel welcome.
“They gave the children chocolate treats as a thank you for their lovely singing.”
Oak View headteacher Yvonne Davis said: “A big thank you to everyone; greater things can be achieved working together.
“It was a wonderful experience for the children who were buzzing as one pupil said ‘I felt proud of myself’.”