Goole High School to big it up in the community
STUDENTS at Goole High School will benefit from a pilot which will see the majority of its 170 current year 11 students taking part in the National Citizen Service.
Co-headteachers Danuta Tomasz and Dave Flowitt have unveiled plans for the whole of GHS’s year 11 students to take part in National Citizen Service - the government’s largest youth programme aimed at helping 16 to 17-year-olds build their skills for work and life, while taking on new challenges and helping their community.
The scheme sees the teenagers spend two weeks away as a team, involved in a range of activities designed to make them challenge their abilities; develop leadership, communication and other skills; and to think about how they can develop and use their skills as part of a project for the local community.
Explaining the plans to a meeting of Goole Town Council, Mr Flowitt said: “Year 11 students have been involved with the NCS previously but in small numbers on a voluntary basis and as part of which they have run small-scale projects in the town.
“We suggested taking it forward by trying to get all Year 11 students to take part for three weeks after finishing their exams and to do a large-scale project that will help the whole community.
“NCS has decided to use us for a pilot project as one of the first schools nationwide to have run it on this scale.
“We want the students to do something for the town as a whole – something big that will really make a difference to the whole community and we are currently discussing with students what that something might be.”
Mrs Tomasz explained the school wanted to help students realise how important it was to be a good citizen.
“We want to address the fact that while students may have the qualifications to get a job some may not have other, social, skills and do not understand what their role is as part of their local community.
“Many students have already learnt skills through joining local clubs but don’t realise it. This project will help them to reflect on those and see how they can use them to put something back into their town.”
The cost of the residential stay – the location of which has yet to be confirmed by NCS - to each student is £25 and the school is hoping to get sponsorship towards subsidising those who cannot afford it.
The project was welcomed by Goole Town councillors, with Coun Pat O’Neil declaring it “extremely exciting.”
Coun Malcolm Boatman said: “I would like to congratulate the school on taking part in NCS. It is a real coup; it’s like hitting the jackpot for the school and the town to be selected as a trailblazer for the country.”
The school and the council are now to work together to decide upon a project for the students to work on that would benefit the whole community.
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