Citizenship Day - Thurs 22 October 2015

Citizenship Day proved to be an astounding success with pupils thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to learn outside the classroom.

The visits give our pupils an opportunity to actively contribute to the local community and neighbourhood projects through various exciting initiatives. Pupils will present their experiences to the whole school during Term 2 pupils' assemblies.

Citizenship Day is about promoting community cohesion and engagement. It is also about supporting young people to feel valued as contributors and to understand and become more involved in society.

Posted: Monday 2nd November

Year 7 pupils will be visiting St. James City Farm & The Friendship Cafe

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With exciting projects ranging from learning how to grow your own vegetables to getting young people to design and build livestock housing, the City Farm has partnered up with a range of organisation to get these ideas off the ground. Offering hands on practical farm experience shows how we can connect young people to these opportunities acting as a gateway, building knowledge, experience and aspiration so city kids can take their place at the table and play a part in our thriving rural economy.

For more information please visit: http://www.stjamescityfarm.co.uk

The Friendship Cafe, City Farm and GymNation provides youth & community based activities, focusing mainly but not exclusively on young people, children and families in the Barton & Tredworth, and surrounding areas of Gloucester City, although our users come from many different backgrounds and from all over the City and County, which means that we are used by hundreds of different people each week.

For more information please visit: http://www.thefriendshipcafe.com/

Year 8 Pupils will be visiting The Earnest Cook Trust

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The Ernest Cook Trust is one of the UK’s leading outdoor learning charities. Rooted in the conservation and management of the countryside, the Trust actively encourages children and young people to learn from the land through hands-on outdoor learning opportunities on its estates.

Pupils will be visiting the Slimbridge Estate which is home to the Redwood Outdoor Education Centre, which offers a wealth of resources for schools, including woodlands, a wetlands area, a meadow, a large pond and wildlife area, and toilets with a reed bed sewage system.

For more information please visit: http://ernestcooktrust.org.uk/the-trusts-estates/gloucestershire/the-slimbridge-estate/

Year 9 pupils will be visiting GARAS

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GARAS (Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) is a local charity supporting those seeking asylum in Gloucestershire, welcoming them when they arrive, advocating for them in their daily struggles, supporting them if they face being sent back as well as helping them adjust to their long term future if they are recognised as refugees.

For more information please visit: http://www.garas.org.uk/

Year 10 pupils will be visiting The James Hopkins Trust

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The James Hopkins Trust provides free nursing respite care for severely disabled, life limited and life threatened young children living in Gloucestershire. The causes of the disabilities are numerous, but include renal failure, cardiac and metabolic problems, respiratory conditions, leukaemia, cancer, cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy, cerebral palsy & neurological conditions. We are the only registered charity in the whole of Gloucestershire to provide this level of care night and day in either the family home or at Kites Corner, our purpose built multi-sensory respite centre and gardens.

For more information about the trust please visit: http://www.jameshopkinstrust.org.uk

Year 11 Pupils Will Be Visiting Young Gloucestershire

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Pupils will have a 2 hour session which will include a presentation on National Citizenship Service and Team Building Activities.

What is NCS@YG?

National Citizen Service (NCS) is an initiative aimed at supporting the Big Society. NCS aims to promote a more cohesive, responsible and engaged society by bringing young people from very different backgrounds together to make a mark on their communities.

Young people taking part will have the opportunity to take on new challenges, learn new skills and build their confidence. Participants will have the chance to prove to themselves and their peers what they can achieve, as well as gaining the kinds of experiences that employers and educational institutions value. 2015 is the fourth year of NCS.

For more information visit: http://www.youngglos.org.uk/ncs/