Students from Vineyard Public School celebrated Christmas with residents of Windsor Country Village recently with a show and exchange of gifts.

The very special bond between the school and the village was forged more than 20 years ago.

Brian Crawford said students from the school have been visiting Windsor Country Village four times a year; at Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter and Christmas. This Christmas saw 53 students and 4 school staff visit.

“The first question the kids asked on arrival was “is Santa here today”. When they were told that he was, the looks on their faces and excitement was priceless,” said Mr Crawford.

A few tears are shed by the Year 6 students when they realised it would be their last visit to the Village.

Students put on a show for the residents, including dance routines and Christmas carols.

Residents, through Santa, give a small Christmas gift to all the children who attended. Gifts included seasonal bookmarks and other items the residents made in their craft group as well as a “Chrissy” gift bag with juice, chips and other items.

Students presented each resident with chocolates. They also brought their favourite books and read to the residents.

“All the residents and the kids look forward to, and love these events at the Village. Great and lasting friendships evolve during their time at Vineyard Public School,” said Mr Crawford.

Special thanks were given to staff from Vineyard Public School for organising the visit with special mention to Windsor Country Village resident, John Flavin.

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