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Bend in the Car Park - March 2022

Year 10 Volunteering

All of our year 10 students have continued to take part in our volunteering programme with three different opportunities to give back to our community.

Our Bend in the Car Park project goes from strength to strength and we have moved onto making a seating area around the side of the building, whilst planting cucumbers, rosemary, carrots and leeks amongst other things! Students have put together bird feeders and are in the process of making large planters for the school garden. A great term’s work for this group.

Equally our year 10 police allotment group have completed some amazing work at the Alric Avenue site for both the allotment committee and the police themselves. The daffodils they planted have come into bloom and the beds are ready for planting. We have also moved a tonne of soil from one side of the allotment to the other and piles of wood. Absolutely brilliant work, team!

Our third year 10 team have been busy at St Richard’s primary school working with nursery and year 4 primarily and have made some excellent relationships with the children.


Kingston Police Station Visit

As part of the Citizenship GCSE course, students learn about policing and the law.  We were very lucky to be able to visit Kingston Police station custody suite, arranged in collaboration with the Youth Engagement Team. Students had the unique opportunity to view how prisoners are processed from beginning to end. We saw inside the cells, the breathalyzer and fingerprint machines, where the detainees arrive and are booked in and the interview rooms. Thank you to Kingston Police and the Youth Engagement Team for having us.

Visit to Heyswood

At the start of this academic year, each tutor group enjoyed a morning or afternoon at Heyswood campsite. Together with their tutor and the other members of their tutor group, students took part in a low ropes team-building exercise, made hot dogs on trangia cooking stoves and had great fun on the zip wire. Staff and students were able to show attachment to their tutor group, achieve in the outdoor activities, were autonomous in their cooking and on the zip wire, and all of them showed how altruistic they could be. What a great start to the year!

Bend in the Car Park

As the Bend in the River project came to an end at the end of the summer term, we were over the moon to be able to work with Vicki again in a project we have named, Bend in the Car Park! Year 10 have been busy clearing the undergrowth, creating a shelter, erecting a tool container, digging a fire pit and enjoying plenty of lovely food and snacks. Not only have the students achieved so much in this fabulous opportunity, but they have amassed several hours of volunteering time for their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award and their Citizenship GCSE. Great achievement, altruism and autonomy. Well done to all those involved!