12 months of fundraising came to fruition at a Charity reception held at the school this week. Cheques were presented to the local Kids Inspire charity that works with young people and also to Great Ormond Street Hospital. Doctors Without Borders will also receive a donation out of the £7000+ that the school has raised.
Mrs Gee presented our Year 11 Duke of Edinburgh cohort with their certificates. She congratulated them on a very successful year where 37 students have achieved their Bronze Award.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a youth awards programme founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, that has since expanded to 144 nations. The award recognises young adults for completing a series of self-improvement challenges which include physical expeditions, at least three months of volunteering and learning a new skill.
This group took up the challenge with an impressive attitude and organised their tasks effectively with the help of Mrs McDermott, our Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator. They have improved their confidence, resilience and team working skills in completing all their challenges well within the time frame. The knowledge and experience required will strengthen applications for university and for future employment. Well done Year 11!
Mrs Gee, Headteacher said “This was a very impressive cohort with an excellent pass rate. From the outset, they have been well-organised, dedicated and focused. They have shown great commitment to developing their individual skills and also worked collaboratively together to support each other through tougher challenges. I would like to thank Mrs McDermott for the hours she has given up at lunchtimes and after school to support this group achieve their goals. Many congratulations to them all.”
The garden club have spent 12 weeks designing, making and growing a school community garden. We have grown over the summer holidays, orange squash and pumpkins for October, cucumber, marrows, beans, lettuce, herbs, strawberries, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes and courgettes. We have enjoyed eating the produce as much as growing it and we look forward to growing a variety of vegetables again this year. This environmental project will continue to grow, with a day organised to plant the wildflower meadow and further exciting projects to encourage wildlife into the area. Watch this space for further updates.