Friday, 22 September 2017

Learning to be good citizens

PUPILS took part in team-building activities as part of a citizenship day at Gillotts School in Henley

PUPILS took part in team-building activities as part of a citizenship day at Gillotts School in Henley.

Year 10 students spent half the day outdoors with members of the army’s south-east outreach team and the other half having practice interviews with potential employers.

The activities included using logs and ropes to build a structure to support a team’s weight and another involving planks and barrels. The students also tried tug of war and ran along an inflatable assault course.


Cpl Samuel Riddle, who helped organise the activities, said: “It’s all about working as a team. In the army, just like in any other job, teamwork is important. This helps to get the PlayStation generation outside.”

Representatives from businesses including Invesco Perpetual, Covea Insurance, Waitrose, Santander and BT helped interview the students.

Year eight pupils learned about globalisation and year 11 students had a “democracy day” that included a debate chaired by headteacher Catharine Darnton.

The participants were Henley Mayor Lorraine Hillier, “Left-leaning” Ray Foulk, who founded the Isle of Wight music festival, and Mark Gray, who represents Benson and Watlington on Oxfordshire County Council as an independent.

The discussion topics included the junior doctors’ contract dispute, public transport and British identity.




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