Pupils in Year 6 at three Wellington primary schools received their Civic Award certificates from the town’s Mayor, Bob Bowrah, in a ceremony at St John’s Parish Church this week.
Beech Grove, Rockwell Green and St John’s all take part in the Civic Awards’ scheme which encourages children to engage in and record a range of activities beyond their academic studies. These include – amongst many others – sharing time with residents at local residential and care homes, conservation and environmental improvement schemes, visits to the local council offices to learn about civic administration and involvement in challenging recreation pursuits.
All the pupils taking part in the scheme are required to build portfolios recording and reflecting on their activities during the year which they brought to the awards ceremony to share with families and visitors after receiving their certificates.
Sue Keates, Community, Parental Engagement and Extended Schools Leader at Beech Grove, said, “The award encourages pupils to develop new skills, build a wider awareness and understanding of their community and reflect on their experiences in their portfolios.”
During the awards’ ceremony children from each of the schools presented their own reflections on the outcomes of taking part in the scheme to the audience following an introduction by Deputy Town Clerk Debbie Bere. Year 6 pupils at Beech Grove concluded the presentation with a performance of ‘Greece Went to Pieces’.