Mitchell House School
Mitchell House School is a BELB co-educational special school for children with physical disabilities and associated learning difficulties located in east Belfast catering for up to 90 children between the ages of 3 and 19 years. The Club has developed a special relationship with the school and for several years the Belfast Club has taken the school children on a 'Kids Out' Day (more here) and provided Christmas parties for the Junior School children.
Although this party takes on a very familiar format each year, these parties have been very successful, judging by the reaction of the children, and the enthusiasm is contagious.
The usual pattern is some singing, games, drinks and snacks supplied by the Club and a hilarious show by 'Magic George' which has all in raptures. Finally Santa (who has a remarkable resemblance to Past President Courtenay Thompson) arrives laden down with a huge sack of presents and we have the customary noisy present-giving session for each child.
Without being there is is impossible to imagine the squeals of delight, the peels of laughter and sheer enjoyment from all the children and staff and all those present including the Rotarian 'elves' have a wonderful time and take away special memories and confirmation of how beneficial this project is.
The school are very grateful and always compile a "Thank You" Card from all the children. The Club thanks all members who have contributed in any way.
With Covid restrictions, it was impossible to provide a party however the school suggested a virtual alternative …
Every year the school pay for the West Midlands Theatre Company to put on a professional performance in-house. This year the Company offered a recording and work pack to go along with their panto performance of Cinderella during December. The Club donated the recording along with snacks and goodie bags for 60 allowing the classes to watch it in their rooms, keeping to their bubbles; it also allowed the pupils who had not returned to school to watch from home.
Gallery of recent parties, click to enlarge and scroll.