Saturday, 13 August 2022

Children get royal help with life skills

CHILDREN at a Henley school are learning life skills with the help of Prince William.

CHILDREN at a Henley school are learning life skills with the help of Prince William.

Sacred Heart Primary School in Greys Hill is the first school in the town to launch the SkillForce Junior Prince’s Award.

The scheme, which is supported by the Duke of Cambridge, aims to build children’s character, resilience and problem-solving skills using practical projects.

The Sacred Heart pupils have been learning first aid and how to build a go-kart.

Headteacher Gez Davis said: “We want our pupils to grow into well-rounded people so they are confident in their ability to succeed in the world.

SkillForce helps them to achieve that.

“The programme focuses on high aspirations, resilience, tolerance and diversity and encompasses what is great about our children.

“It reflects our growth mindset approach to learning, which starts from the premise that children’s abilities and talent are not predetermined but can be developed through dedication and hard work.

“The programme mirrors our aim to develop well-rounded children and to provide opportunities for all our children to thrive and develop a positive attitude towards their learning and to take on new challenges.”

Pupil Lisanne Schoenmakers, 10, said: “I think SkillForce is pretty good fun and it is very good for communication skills.

“I also like the fact that you work with people that you wouldn’t normally work with.”

Monty French, 10, added: “The thing that I’ve enjoyed the most is racing the go-karts — it was really good fun.”

Aimed at nine- to 14-year-olds, the scheme is delivered in primary and secondary schools for 40 hours during the academic year and is being rolled out across Britain.

Activities include teamwork challenges, community projects, first aid and an overnight residential involving outdoor pursuits.

Ben Slade, chief executive of SkillForce, said: “We work with schools to help transform lives, enabling children and young people to build character, self-confidence and resilience.

“There is growing recognition that schools can play a vital role supporting the development of character traits that will help pupils to get on in education and life, which is where our programmes fit in.”

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