Held as part of the College’s Volunteers’ Week, Epsom’s service partners were invited to afternoon tea with the service pupils, as a thank you for their continued support since the programme’s inception 11 years ago.
Representatives attended from Wallace Fields Infants School, Banstead Horticultural Society, The Vale Primary School, Banstead Infants School, Maggie’s Royal Marsden, Gander Green Community Fridge, Rosebery Care Home, Oakmead Green Residential, Surrey Wheels 4 All and Woodmansterne Primary School.
Lower Fourth and Sixth Form Service pupils welcomed guests on arrival before moving to The Mermaid lecture theatre for a short presentation. The opening welcome by Andy Bustard, Assistant Head: Total Curriculum, thanked everyone for coming and for their support of the programme. He thanked pupils for their commitment to volunteering, referencing Benevolence and Kindness as key cornerstones of the College’s values.
Roshie Watkins, Community and Volunteering Manager, followed by introducing the Service video, compiled by Quintus Hui from the Lower Sixth, which showed pupils talking about what it meant to them to be part of the programme, interspersed with videos and pictures of the various activities undertaken.
Roshie concluded by reiterating thanks to Service providers and partners: “It is really heart-warming to see the number of local partners we have been able to help over the years. Pupils have gained an understanding of the value of volunteering and have seen the big difference they can make within their local society.”
Following the presentation, guests were treated to a delicious Afternoon Tea in the Mermaid Café consisting of a variety of cakes, finger sandwiches, shortbread and refreshments made by our Catering department.