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Students Take Part in National Citizen Service

 national citizen service Stamford School students took part in the National Citizen Programme over the summer. The National Citizen Programme is a government initiative offered to all Year 11s across the country. The aim is to expose young people to new experiences and also to prepare them for the future. This summer Stamford School had 4 students take part in the programme, Douglas Douglas, Jacob Germany, Nick Beresford and George Smith.

The programme has 4 phases, the first one takes place in an outdoor activity centre where the students get a chance to meet people from their local area, they get to know each other as well as taking in part in a range of activities, like kayaking, rock climbing and archery. Phase two is about their future, they stay at a university or college for a week and get to experience what that feels like. During this phase, the students attended lectures and workshops and were visited by various business including O2, Coke and PGL. They are given business challenges that they had to present to a panel of businessmen and university representatives.

Finally during phases 3 & 4 the students went back to their homes and worked with their allocated groups on a volunteering project, in which they had to fundraise for a charity and also take part in a social action project which benefits their local community. The group from Stamford School painted the halls of the arts centre and they also did a fundraising event for Shelter, all which is organised by themselves with support of their mentors.

The students then organised fundraisers for charity; a family fun day in the shack at the recreational ground, a bag pack at Sainsbury’s and a pub quiz night with a tombola at the Cellar Bar. The young people had to go around businesses in Stamford and ask for donations and prizes for the tombola. £630 was raised for Help for Heroes and Take it out.

Group mentor at Stamford School, Connie Marquez-Godoy, said: “The scheme is fantastic. The boys have to work with people they’ve never met before, from different backgrounds and they have to work as a team in order to succeed. During the course of the programme they develop a variety of skills, they build their confidence and they become exposed to new experiences which will better equip them for the future.”