Pupils in Year 6 at Rockwell Green and Beech Grove Primary Schools, Wellington, were presented with their Civic Award certificates by the Mayor, Councillor Gary James, at a special ceremony in St John’s Church on Monday 23rd July.
Following a welcome to the pupils, their teachers and families by Town Clerk Greg Dyke and the certificate presentation, choirs from both schools sang excerpts from their school leavers’ performances.
The ceremony concluded with three pupils from each school being presented with prizes for the best Civic Award portfolios.
Civic Awards encourage pupils to take part in a number of different activities beyond the school curriculum during their final year in primary school. These activities include active citizenship in their school and home communities, involvement in hobbies and residential experience and/or adventure training. During the course of the year, each participant builds a portfolio to record and reflect on the activities undertaken. These portfolios are then assessed externally and the participants interviewed.
Rockwell Green and Beech Grove are the only schools in the town to follow the scheme which is operated by town and borough councils across the country.
The Civic Award is designed to develop children`s character and independence. It encourages them to be compassionate and to take responsibility for positive change. In developing skills and accomplishments it helps to prepare children for secondary school and young adulthood.