Christmas Cards to Care Homes
KES students, particularly from Years 7-9, write and send Christmas cards to local care home residents.
For the past two years, students at King Edward's have written Christmas Cards to local care home residents.
The aims of the partnership are to develop our School's links with the local community and allow our pupils to make a positive contribution to the local community. This has been particularly important during the Coronavirus pandemic, when visitors to care homes have been limited.
This initiative has been running for the past 2 years (2020 and 2021) and was inspired by the TES "From Classrooms to Care Homes" initiative.
School Christmas Cards, designed by King Edward's students, are distributed to tutor groups in Years 7-9 and tutors help students to complete the cards.
We delivered around 300 cards to two different care homes in December 2021.
Staff from the care homes expressed their gratefulness for our students' thoughtful cards. One member of staff commented on the fact that walking around the care home, residents had chosen to display the cards they had received.
The School received a beautiful handmade card from the residents at one of the care homes, who wanted to thank our students.
Both care homes posted about the cards on social media.
The activity particularly involved pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 though some older students also took part.
This initiative will continue and the School is looking to develop its links with local care homes further.