Primary school pupils visit Santa’s Grotto

Over 50 pupils from Joseph Locke Primary School have visited a specially constructed Santa’s Grotto at Barnsley College.


The Year 4 pupils were invited to the college’s Construction Centre at the Honeywell campus where they had the opportunity to visit Santa’s Grotto which has been designed, built and decorated by Barnsley College Construction students as part of their programme.


After meeting Santa the pupils continued with the festive spirit by taking part in a number of Christmas themed activities which were organised by the college’s Construction staff and students. Pupils painted their own Christmas plaster molds whilst providing a rendition of ‘Let it Go’ from Disney’s Frozen and ‘Jingle Bells’ which they sang in French.  They also took part in a game of ‘Snowball Shootout’, a penalty shootout style of game where they threw ‘snowballs’ at Rudolph and Santa.


Gavin Lee, Construction Programme Manager at Barnsley College, said: “We are always looking at ways in which we can strengthen our links with the local community. The visit was a great way for the pupils to get a taste of construction trades, have some fun and get into the Christmas spirit.”


Katy Whelpdale, Year 4 class teacher at Joseph Locke Primary School, added: “It’s been a great morning and an amazing experience for the pupils. They have had a fantastic time seeing Santa and getting involved with all the fun activities. It was also great for them to see the brilliant facilities at the Construction Centre and it’s something for pupils to think about for their future. The Barnsley College staff were brilliant with the pupils and they made us feel very welcome. We would like to thank them for inviting us.”

Last updated: 15th December 2016

Originally posted on: 15th December 2016