Our current Year 11 students have just handed in their volunteering passports. Last year our Year 11s collectively gathered an amazing 2,501 hours and consequently, as a school, we were awarded runners up and a regional education award for inspirational contribution to the school ethos.
This year, the students have beaten the record with achieving 3,060 hours. This is an exceptional amount of hours showing that our students both work hard academically but also have the edge when it comes to core values (compassion, teamwork, friendship, trust, empathy for others) and also when it comes to applying for university and jobs they will have that little bit extra that will make employers say ‘Yes, you’re hired’.
All students who gained over 30 hours will have a reward day at Active Adventures, Otterspool before they break up for their GCSE study leave. This is to show our students how much we value their support for the volunteering programme and that we realise that it would just be an idea without them making it a reality.
We are extremely proud of you; you are all excellent ambassadors for our school.
Noteworthy students are;
Extra prize will be given to Winner and all students are now eligible to be taken forward for the national award in volunteering: The Duke of York Award.
Hours were gained by students through;
Visiting nursing home on a fortnightly bases, homeless shelters, food banks, helping at half marathon/full marathon water stations, charity fun runs (5k, 10k and half marathon), walking and training guide dogs for the blind, helping at animal sanctuaries, church groups, painting the homes of elderly people in church communities, sporting coaching, shoe box factory, preparing and delivering school assemblies, helping on open nights and Christmas fairs, helping with school photography, teaching Gaelic football and Christian values to 8 feeder Primary Schools.