27 of our year 11s took part in this year’s National Citizen Service
Where we spent a week in Swanage camping and getting to know the other young people on our ‘wave’ – Swanage is a fun packed physical week focused on team building and developing resilience. This is where pupils had the opportunity to paddleboard, body board and swim in the sea, they went cliff jumping, built catapults and had an incredible time at the Dorset Water Park. This year we were lucky enough to watch England in the World Cup in a beautiful tent with the sun setting behind Corfe Castle!
In week 2 we had a residential a little closer to home where we focused on developing lifeskills. We stayed at Fort Purbrook, where we took part in various work skills sessions, including doing a certificated first aid course, a photography session, we cooked a meal for a community group at Pompey in the Community guided by a professional local chef. We also made puppets and took part in destination Portsmouth where we learnt more about our community.
In weeks 3 and 4 we researched and planned a social action project where we had to find a venue that needed our support and then raised funds in order to be able to pay for the resources we needed to carry out our projects. We did a range of different projects including renovating gardens for homeless and community groups, decorating a nursing home, Re-decorating some of the facilities at Mary Rose Albert Annex and closer to home we made outdoor furniture for the new Yurt at Redwood and finally one group raised money to make Redfest 18 such a spectacular event!
We had such an incredible experience and we have all made new friends and learnt so much about who we are and what skills we will need in future employment. All part of the Redwood Transition Programme and really successful.