Year 7 students at The Bishops’ Blue Coat CE High School in Chester received their Archbishop of York Youth Trust’s Young Leaders’ Award at the end of the school term.
The trust exists to empower young people to ‘be the change you want to see’ in their schools, communities and world.
The award is an active citizenship programme which helps to develop leadership skills through three components: classroom based work to explore faith, leadership and the role of charities; creating a personal action plan to make a positive difference in their local community; engagement in a both a personal and a group or school community project.
At a packed award ceremony, attended by many parents, the year group of 180 described their learning and achievements as well as showcasing their many and varied personal and community projects.
The Archbishop, the Most Reverend & Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu sent the students a message via video.
A number of musical items were performed by the school’s Soul Academy and Abigail Simioni and Brandon Lu inspired the audience with a contemporary dance.
Elizabeth Howat of The Archbishop of York Trust made the presentations.
She said: “I am delighted to see all you young people embracing the award scheme so wholeheartedly and with such enthusiasm. You have obviously achieved an incredible amount with all the personal and community projects which have clearly had a really positive impact on many people. What a huge range of ages and circumstances of people you have worked with! You really are embracing and living the award strapline ‘be the change you want to see.’ Well done to you all.”
Examples of the 180 personal volunteering projects included ambitious ideas ranging from helping neighbours with their garden, car-washing and working for schools and charities.
Examples of projects:
- Seb Riley, 12, raised £830 for Shine for Spina Bifida by cycling the famous Road to Hell in North Wales.
- Aaron Robinson’s cake bake raised money for Age UK in recognition of his grandfather who had dementia and who died in 2014.
- Ameenah Recapinte helped to plan and organise a Scout Group plant sale which raised over £700.
- Lizzie Clarke raised funds by completing the Walk for Parkinson’s.
- Students of form 7GH visited St Paul’s Church’s Monday Club where they entertained local senior residents and played traditional games with them.
- Form 7Mc worked hard weeding at Stocks Lane Bowling Green.
- Forms 7Oc and 7HD undertook a community litter pick in the streets local to the school.
- Form 7SH did a project with students from Dee Banks Special School.
Form 7LN visited the Mums and Tot’s group at St Luke’s Church undertaking some gardening and litter picking
The school received many, highly complimentary letters, emails and comments from the community and others which bore testimony to the success of the students’ efforts.
Watch the Archbishop of York’s message at www.chesterchronicle.co.uk .