A creative group of youngsters from Francis Patton Primary School added a distinctly Bermudian flavour for guests of Grotto Bay Hotel to enjoy over the holiday period, after being chosen to play prime roles in the ‘Santa’s Helpers Event’ at the east end establishment.

Part of this year’s story was designed to honour a Bermudian teacher and students, with Ms Florence Sharpe and her visual art class being chosen following “much debate and secret studies”, according to a hotel spokesperson.

It took the classmate some two months to complete the decorating task, after being extended the invitation to do so, ornamenting the tree under the theme ‘Gombey Reindeer’.

“The students have worked so hard to make our guests feel at home away from home,” added the spokespersons. “The Grotto Bay Family are proud to offer this event as part of our Young Ambassadors Program – It’s our way of educating & including our children on Bermudian hospitality.

“This is our first event since Covid, so, after two years it will make it our third event, and will be a tradition going forward.“

The children arrived to a special luncheon set-up especially for them in one of the hotel’s private dining rooms where they took part in planned activities that incorporated engagement with hotel guests.

“We are so grateful that the children accepted our invitation, and we are in awe of such a fabulous job they did,” said the spokesperson. “Have you ever seen a “Gombey themed Christmas Tree before? Come to Grotto Bay and see how it’s done.”

Grotto Bay extended great thanks to Ms Sharpe and school principal, Todd Fox, for an outstanding job in leadership, while also praising the students for being well behaved, adding, “This is all things Bermuda.”

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