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No Humbugs at South Dartmoor

No Humbugs at South Dartmoor

Pupils and staff at South Dartmoor Community College have defied budget cuts and wet weather to create a Christmas to remember at the college. The end of term was marked by a week of achievements including Carols on Tour, in which the college choir delighted crowds in various venues with some really beautiful singing; a year eleven Christmas party; an exceptional carol concert; guest nativity performances from feeder primaries and a last day of term extravaganza to celebrate the incredible hard work of students and staff this term. Meanwhile, lessons have run as normal, including mock exams and students have worked their socks off to the end in many subjects.

Over the course of the year students at the college raise money at monthly “mufti days” and other house events, splitting donations between charities and the Christmas fund. Their donations pay for a Rowlands Funfair to set up on the basketball courts outside main reception for the week. While college students continue to work hard in their lessons, primary students are invited up to the college to enjoy the rides and the sixth form enjoy their own celebration day, before the fair is opened to the rest of the college for a fantastic last day of term celebration on the Friday.

Meanwhile, year eleven were thrown their own Christmas party on Wednesday evening at which they enjoyed the rides, had a fabulous party tea and enjoyed their own mini-Strictly and a hotly contested Christmas jumper competition. Staff stayed late to supervise and serve food - and of course to clean up afterwards - and the students exhibited exemplary behaviour and fantastic good humour which made organiser, Julie Ingham-Hill, proud.

Equally pride-inducing was the talent displayed by the Carols on Tour team and the participants of the Christmas Carol Concert on Thursday evening.

A final treat for staff came in the form of a huge Christmas buffet provided by the head, Hugh Bellamy, to thank staff for their work and to say some sad goodbyes to three members of the team who are going on to new adventures in January.

Staff and students have enjoyed a wonderful, and well-earned, day and were sent off for the holiday tired but happy.