Clachan primary bakes up festive spirit in the community

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21 Dec 2017 - 15:50

The pupils of Clachan Primary School have been hard at work over the last few months, preparing more than 40 Christmas cakes to give to retired residents in the local community.


The annual school tradition dates back more than two decades and sees the children bake, package and hand-deliver a total of 44 cakes to elderly people in the village.


Head Teacher Lucy Blake said: “The project has a positive influence in the community and in the school. The children learn skills for learning, life and work, they apply their numeracy skills in context and they think about how they can help others in the village. The cakes are all individually wrapped and the children make individual name tags so that they think about each recipient as an individual. We only have five pupils so they do a lot work to make the project possible.


“It’s a wonderful way of linking the children to older members in the community in a real and tangible way, while keeping traditions alive. The Christmas cakes are anticipated by the recipients. For some older members of the community, buying a Christmas cake for one would be expensive and for others it is a link to the school where they and their family went as children.


“The fact that each cake is named individually adds to the sense of caring for each person. Christmas can be a lonely time too and we hope that by letting everyone know they are thought of, it is a way to show that we care.”


The initiative won the Active Participation in the Community Award from the Argyll College UHI (University of the Highlands and Islands) last year.


Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly said: “This is a truly heart-warming project and one which I’m sure is very much appreciated by the residents. Clachan Primary School sits at the heart of the local community and projects such as this help to strengthen the pupils’ links with people in the village.


“It helps to ensure community engagement and provides the children with a sense of compassion and kindness. Well done to everyone involved.”