With Covid restrictions tightening up once again, we had to put our annual Christmas Community party on hold for another year. With that being said, we didn’t want our community going without the usual Smithills School Christmas cheer, so we decided to make up over 70 Christmas gift bags and hand deliver them to their homes around the Smithills area during the last week of term.

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Adassa, Year 11, Student Ambassador Leader wanted to thank everyone for pulling together during these difficult times, “I am so proud to call myself a Smithills pupil, what we all have done for the community is amazing especially during the pandemic”.

The gift bags were worked on during our allocated form time at Smithills, as the pupils designed the mince pie box sleeves, Christmas cards and decorations for the stained glass mugs.

Smithills School, Business Manager, Alice Lees wanted to thank the staff and pupils for all their time spent on putting the Christmas bags together, “First and foremost it goes without saying, I would like to say a massive thank you to all the staff and pupils for all their hard work in making this possible. I know this will help make Christmas that extra bit special for the community”.


Our Design and Media team put together a collage of pictures of the pupils working on the gift bags over the course of 2 weeks and printed them off, so the community could see the festivities and hard work going on to make the bags possible. Our Finance team, along with the help from our Examinations Officer helped fill the bags with edible treats and a card designed by year 7 Smithills School pupils.

Dave Appleton (Site Manager) went out on Monday 20th December to deliver the Christmas bags, “It’s so nice to see our staff and pupils at Smithills coming together in making Christmas special for our elderly community members. Every member of the community has been so grateful in receiving the Christmas gift bag and has asked me to pass on their best wishes to the School over the Christmas period”.

Francine Godfrey who received one of the Christmas bags said, “This is absolutely fantastic and has made my Christmas. I would like to say a massive thank you to all the staff and pupils at Smithills School who made this possible, your generosity is greatly received”.

Paul and Jean Coote echoed Francine’s appreciation of the Christmas bags by saying, “Me and my wife would like to thank everybody at the school for the wonderful surprise this morning for the goodie bag once again received due to Covid spoiling the Christmas dinner we usually attend and miss very much. It is a very nice gesture on behalf of the school to think about us and a pleasure to receive the gift and all being well we will hopefully be able to attend next year again if this illness disappears altogether”.

Read the story as featured in the Bolton News HERE.