On Thursday morning, the Year 6 children who had completed their Civic Award were invited to breakfast with me to share their achievements. I learnt so much about the children in this hour and was totally amazed by what they had done over the past 9 months. We enjoyed croissants, brioche, pain au chocolat and fruit and listened to all their achievements – a talented and committed group of young people.
Three years ago, Mrs Nowell introduced our school to the Torbay and Devon Civic award. In the first year, 6 children completed the award, in the second year 11 completed the award but this year 21 children have completed it. Huge congratulations go to Joe, Ollie, Harry, Matthew, Hattie, Georgia, Bonnie, Susie, Matthew, Danni, Sophie, Georgia, Kirsty, Eleanor, Olivia, Maia, Olivia, Summer, Molly, Evie and Jessica. They started the award in October and have been working hard on it over this year. There are 6 sections to complete:
1. Fundraising for a chosen charity
2. Being an active citizen in the school community
3. Being an active citizen in the local community
4. Pursuing an active hobby
5. Pursuing a non-active hobby
6. Adventure training
Rachel Wickham, head of Dawlish College, and Talitha Kerrigan, one of our school governors, were assessing the award and interviewed the children about each of the six areas. Throughout the award, the children have shown their commitment, developed confidence, started new skills and made an impact to the communities of which they are part of. It is an amazing achievement. There were such an amazing range of activities completed in the different areas. Here are just a few:
 Learning to sew, drawing, bake and cook
 Organising and doing a litter pick
 Enjoying new hobbies such as arts and crafts, trampolining
 Running sponsored events to raise money for a chosen charity
 Raising money through making and selling slime
 Supporting the making of Christingles
 Learning how to do Yoga, acrobatics
 Being active through bike riding, walking, playing golf
 Involvement in Panto
 Writing book reviews
 Singing for the residents of a care home
 Getting involved in adventurous activities
 Running clubs in school for younger children
 Being part of the ladies friendship group, doing activities with the older generation
 Learning sign language
 Doing many jobs and roles around school to support the smooth running of school eg. PE Learning Team, refereeing, handing out registers, Rainbow buddy support, being part of the Eco team, being part of the School Learning Team, being a Mental Health Ambassador
Our thanks go to Mrs Nowell for supporting the children and a huge well done to the children for what they have achieved in completing this and the journey they have been on with it. We are all very proud of them.