Pupils sign up for sum­mer hol­i­day cit­i­zen project

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

STU­DENTS at a Che­sham school will take part in a na­tional ini­tia­tive over the sum­mer hol­i­days.

A host of pupils at Che­sham Gram­mar School will be tak­ing part in the Na­tional Cit­i­zen Ser­vice (NCS) scheme.

Re­cently, two NCS rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Jack Fludgate and Stephanie Wil­son, went to the school in White Hill, Che­sham, to present the par­tic­i­pants with a T-shirt and other good­ies in prepa­ra­tion for the ac­tiv­i­ties that will take place over the sum­mer hol­i­days.

The NCS is a once-in-al­ife­time op­por­tu­nity open to 15 to 17 year-olds in Eng­land and North­ern Ire­land.

It a pro­gramme that helps build skills for life whilst tak­ing on new chal­lenges and meet­ing new peo­ple.

In the first week, the young peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence the free­dom of liv­ing away from home in an out­door en­vi­ron­ment, tak­ing part in a whole spec­trum of adren­a­line-fu­elled ac­tiv­i­ties such as rock climb­ing, ab­seil­ing and ca­noe­ing.

Week two is all about de­vel­op­ing skills for life by bud­get­ing, cook­ing meals and tak­ing part in me­dia work­shops.

Whilst liv­ing in­de­pen­dently away from home, they work with or­gan­i­sa­tions and lo­cal busi­nesses to un­der­stand the com­mu­nity around them and the world of op­por­tu­nity that is open to them.

When they re­turn home, their team works to­gether to de­sign, plan and de­liver their own com­mu­nity project that they feel pas­sion­ate about and they use ev­ery­thing they have learnt to make a last­ing dif­fer­ence in their lo­cal area.

NCS is backed by the govern­ment so the fi­nan­cial cost to the par­tic­i­pants is low.

The Na­tional Cit­i­zen Ser­vice rep­re­sen­ta­tives Jack Fludgate and Stephanie Wil­son with pupils Maya Sa­vani and Joseph Ree

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