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Pupils from Bourne Academy take part in the Christmas hamper challenge at the Butterfield Centre




For two weeks in December, pupils from Bourne Academy were busy taking part in the Christmas hamper challenge, designing Christmas themed hampers containing wonderful Christmas gifts for the Butterfield Day Care Centre.

All tutor groups were provided with a standard size cardboard box kindly donated by Warners, Bourne.

Over the past years Bourne Academy pupils have used this challenge to create imaginative designs ranging from advent calendars, snow globes, and nostalgic scenes to ‘The Grinch’ and pigs in blankets. The hampers were packed full of Christmas gifts and foods and were presented to members of the day care centre.

Bourne Academy pupils at the Butterfield Day Care Centre
Bourne Academy pupils at the Butterfield Day Care Centre

As well as being a competitive event, the project enabled Bourne Academy pupils to work collaboratively and to fully understand the importance of supporting this local community project. The judging took place on Wednesday, December 18, and the winner was a wonderful car bringing home a Christmas tree on its roof.

This year the hampers were once more delivered by the Christmas school choir who sang a range of beautiful carols to the members.

The pupils involved were: Millie-Jade Hughes, Harriet Johnson, Ronnie Wakefield, Grace Wareham, Meredith March, Edward Barks, Lilly Glithero, Isabelle Wright, Lilly Taylor, Cerys Walker, Skye Harper, Abigail Bates, Isla Millar and Rhiannon Rainbow.

Bourne Academy pupils perform at the Butterfield Day Care Centre
Bourne Academy pupils perform at the Butterfield Day Care Centre

Raynor Nieuwenhuizen, joint co-ordinator of the hamper challenge, said: “At the Butterfield Centre, the recipients were very touched by the donations and thoroughly enjoyed joining in singing with the choir. It was a very jolly, rewarding afternoon and the students enjoyed spending time chatting to the members and listening to their stories.

“On behalf of Bourne Academy, we would like to thank Warners for the donations of the boxes, the parents and guardians of pupils at Bourne Academy for their generosity with gifts and all the members and carers of the Butterfield Centre for enabling us to take part in this project every year.”

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Bourne Academy pupils at the Butterfield Day Care Centre
Bourne Academy pupils at the Butterfield Day Care Centre


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