On Friday 21 June, Buckinghamshire Adult Learning staff along with local partnerships (Quarrendon Street Association, Buckinghamshire County Council, Aylesbury Library and the Centre for Bucks Studies, St Peter’s Church, and Prevention Matters) organised a fabulous ‘bring & share’ tea party to celebrate the Great Get Together.They were joined by local residents, school children from Thomas Hickman Primary School and Haydon Abbey Primary School, BAL learners and ‘Rita’ the dog from Pets As Therapy.
Everyone had a wonderful time and as part of this year’s theme to remember the legacy of Jo Cox, MP, learners from BAL and the two primary schools, took part in a competition to design and produce an entry that celebrates Jo’s ‘More In Common’ theme that underpins the event. The joint winners were Year 6 children from Thomas Hickman and Rachael Bearman’s BAL class for adults with learning disabilities. The children produced a power-point slide show, demonstrating different group themes such as ‘we all like football’, ‘we all go to the Mosque’, ‘we all like pizza’ and the ALDD class produced a book of ‘Things we have in common’.
The children from both schools treated everyone to a number of ‘inclusive’-themed songs, with the ones from The Greatest Showman film being particularly well received. We also enjoyed listening to the dulcet tones of Cameron Evans who entertained us with a personal ‘Blues’ performance.
Last but not least, Rita the pet therapy dog from PAT, was a huge hit with both children and adults alike.
Overall, a wonderful afternoon spent enjoying the diverse nature of our little community, whist remembering how much ‘we have in common’.
See more photos from the day on our Learner Gallery