Pupils with headteacher at Elms Bank


Festive Jumper Competition

The bags were given to pupils at Unsworth Primary School and Sunny Bank Primary School in Unsworth and St. Bernadette’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Whitefield.  They were also given out at a special Christmas event for pre-school aged children at the Oasis Project at Whitefield Methodist Church.

The packs contained a range of activities including corny Christmas jokes (such as Q: ‘Why does everyone like snowmen?’ A: ‘Because they are so cool’ ho, ho, ho!), tasty treats, book-mark making kits, crafts, puzzle sheets, colouring pencils and activity booklets.

Feedback has been very positive with comments like: “We wanted to say a massive thank you from all at Oasis for your lovely activity bags which… our young recipients loved to collect from Wendy a.k.a Rudolph!” and “a big thank you to all the students who put the goody bags together.  My two came home buzzing …with their treats. Really kind. Happy Christmas to you all.” “A HUGE thank you … for creating and delivering Christmas goody-bags for our children. A wonderful gesture and fantastic community spirit at this time of year.”

The students also ran a Design a Festive Jumper competition.  Young people were encouraged to design their own funky and colourful jumper to help celebrate the festive season.  Over 60 entries were received and the vast array of designs from the entrants was dazzling!

The college group selected the winners of three age categories.  Annabel, age 6, from Bury won the Age 6 and under category for her bright, colourful and very cheerful rainbow design.  Alivia, age 9, from Padiham, won the age 7-9 category for her stylish Christmas pudding inspired design and Grace, age 10, from Bury won the age 10 and over category for her striking candy cane / Christmas / love design.  A ‘Special Commendation’ Award was awarded to Ethan, age 11, from Bury for his design which pays tribute to the key workers who have been so incredible during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Each winner will receive a selection of chocolate treats generously donated by Morrisons Whitefield.

Orienne Langley-Sadler, Headteacher of Elms Bank School and College said:

“The Elms Bank College students were delighted to reach out to the community of Unsworth and Whitefield during these difficult times and the Festive Activity Bags proved to be a great way to spread some cheer after a very tough year for many. At Elms Bank we continue to find ways to keep that connectivity going through this pandemic, and we hope the wider community continue to support our future efforts in this.”

Elms Bank College Students will continue to work with the Unsworth Community Hub team to connect with the local community and help reduce social isolation during these testing times.

The packs were funded by a grant from the National Lottery Coronavirus Community Support Fund.

Liz McNabb
Community Development Worker


The Winners, as shown on the left hand side from the top are - 

Annabel Age 6 and under Winner

Alivia Age 7-9 Winner

Ethan Age 11 - Special Commendation Award Winner

Grace Age 10+ Winner