Year 11 students encouraged to join flagship government initiative, the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme.
This week, we invited representatives from the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme to Thornton for the very first time to inform Year 11 students about the exciting government initiative and spur them to sign up.
Only open to Year 11 and Year 12 pupils – 16- and 17-year-olds fresh out of exams – NCS is now in its sixth year and aims to give young people across the UK the chance to take part in a three-week summer programme. For the most part government-funded (there is an all-inclusive charge of just £50), there are three distinct phases.
Thornton girls, the representatives explained, would belong to the Aylesbury Vale area and be part of a 260-strong group. With their friends, and groups of new friends, they would spend the first four nights on a residential course in Kent for a combination of outdoor activities and fun mental challenges such as raft building and kayaking.
In week, two, the girls would be based in Caldecotte, Milton Keynes, for another residential to learn new skills. During this time, they would work towards First Aid and Leadership qualifications and enjoy fun group activities, among them drumming workshops and ‘Come Dine With Me’ cooking challenges. The final week would involve designing, planning and delivering a 30-hour social action project in the local community.
Georgina K (a Thornton Year 11 last year) also kindly gave up her time to come and talk to the girls about her experience of NCS last summer, how it’s great for a stand-out CV and a wonderful opportunity to meet some amazing people and do something they have not necessarily done before.
This once-in-a lifetime opportunity will also be open to our current Year 11s in 2017 if other commitments don’t allow them to participate this summer.