Our connections with the charity Link Age Southwark, which supports isolated elderly people in the community, started decades ago. It’s a pleasure to see alumna Gemma Juma walking the corridors here again, now as Link Age Director. On Mondays you will find Silver Surfers polishing computer skills at JAGS; we’ve just hosted an annual Jazz Night with several other schools here in rousing concert performance; and we celebrate the end of each autumn and spring term with a special invitation to a home-baked tea.
“In March, JAGS came together with The Charter School and Link Age Southwark to organise a tea party for more than sixty members of the local elderly community and their carers. It was really enjoyable getting to know the pupils from Charter as we worked together to arrange the afternoon, from sandwiches to the raffle. We also managed to recruit some entertaining acts to perform from both schools, including a very impressive performance on the bagpipes!
It was a lovely afternoon, which was enjoyed not only by the elderly people but also by us, the students. I loved being able to chat with many different people and hear so many interesting stories about their lives, such as one man used to be a comedian and he enjoyed showing me some of his very convincing impressions of Bruce Forsyth and Sean Connery. I hope the afternoon was entertaining and gave elderly people from the community a chance to meet new people from all ages, as well to eat some freshly baked cakes!” Isobel Turnill Y13