Rushden pupils hit the dancefloor for charity

The tea dance

The tea dance

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Students at Rushden Community College hosted their annual Christmas tea dance inviting dancers from the local community into school as part of efforts to bridge the gap between the generations.

A team of 14 pupils from across the year groups helped with planning and running the event, while also raising £120 for a number of charities.

The tea dance

The tea dance

Six children from Whitefriars Junior School also attended, working with the older students to serve tea and mince pies to guests.

The charities supported this year included the Terrence Higgins Trust as part of a school awareness week regarding World Aids Day, the Phoenix Resource Centre which donated lots of goods destined for landfill to the raffle and the Save the Children Syrian appeal.

Jamie Haynes, 14, said: “I love helping out at the tea dance, you really get to know the visitors well and some of them remembered me from last time which was great.

“I even enjoy the dancing – it’s good to learn new skills and the older people who come to our school are keen to teach you how to dance properly.”

Joanne Louise Seekings said: “It was a great experience for all involved, I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.”

Harley Rhys added: “I’ve now helped out at five tea dances, it’s a great experience and wonderful atmosphere.

“I love doing this and see it as a great opportunity to share our values.

“It’s a great atmosphere and good to work with different year groups.”

Headteacher from Whitefriars Junior School Helen Woodhouse went along to the tea dance and said: “It was a lovely event with a great atmosphere.”  

The next tea dance will coincide with Valentines Day.