I was lucky enough to be invited along to the annual Christmas cafe at Forfar Academy on Thursday, run by pupils at the Individual Support Base.
The successful enterprise project enables pupils to get involved in running the cafe during the morning break.
The pupils are involved in planning and running the cafe, and are also on hand to serve tea, coffee and Christmas cakes to their customers.
Every year the cafe is decked out with a different theme, and this year it was ‘The Wizard of Oz’ with customers invited along to ‘Dorothy and Toto’s tea-room’.
Moira Bowen, principal teacher of support for learning. explained the project is always well supported by local businesses, and this year thanks go to North Street Dairy, Tesco, the Co-op and Asda. She thanked her staff for helping to organise the cafe, and to those who had decorated the classroom.
Following the death of Mrs Judy Wilson, principal teacher of science at the school, some of the proceeds from the cafe will be donated to the Maggie’s Centre.
A highlight of my visit was the beautiful solo performance by fifth year pupil Adam Morrison who sang Matt Monro’s ‘Softly As I Leave You’. Adam won the ISB’s ‘X-Factor’ competition earlier in the week and he proved he was a worthy winner. Special mention also has to go to the P.E. department staff who arrived in appropriate ‘Wizard of Oz’ costumes.