Over one hundred Writhlington & Mendip Studio School Year 12 students had a fantastic few days away in 'sunny' Swanage undertaking a range of adventurous training activities as part of the National Citizenship Service.
Students have been tested to their limits in kayaking, raft building, coasteering and bushcraft. In the evenings team building activities took place at Harrow House as well as on the beach. These activities were run by trained instructors from Joining Forces and Land and Wave.
Students have commented:-
'awesome' , ' great to find a school who has given me a second chance', 'fantastic' 'never thought I could jump off a cliff', ' really motivated me to get on in the Sixth Form', ' I've made so many new friends'.
On their return, students have undertaken exciting and stimulating team building life skills and are now embarking on 30 hours of voluntary community work to deliver a social action project. St Nicholas Church is benfitting from young people clearing the churhyard, renovating the basketball court and decorating the café.
Ed Hodges, Director of Joining Forces says, ' Writhlington & The Mendip Studio School & the Dragonfly Education Trust are leading the way in enabling NCS to be delivered alongside their curriculum. We are giving all Year 12 students an opportunity to experience new activities, meet new people and gain valuable skills outside the classroom.'
Ms Blofeld, Sixth Form Year Leader says, ' NCS encompasses the core values of the Dragonfly Education trust of creating opportunity and inspiring achievement by challenging our students to embrace a greater sense of responsibility and self- confidence.'
Finally students will graduate from the NCS programme with a celebration ceremony where they will be awarded a certificate signed by the Prime Minister; an excellent opportunity to boost both CV and UCAS application. if you would like Writhlington sixth form students to support your community projects in the future please contact David Warwick of Joining Forces: