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Community Apprentice (Summer 2019)

Fairfield High School students present their project to staff

A team of Year 10 students from FHS have been taking part in the Community-Apprentice competition which has been running in five schools since September 2018. The students have been working in a team to manage their project and make a positive impact to a problem in their community.

Evidencing active citizenship

Since January, the team has been turning their project ideas into reality having secured a grant of £100 following a successful pitch in December to a panel of local business and community leaders.

Team Self Love have been tackling body confidence and mental health. They kickstarted the project by running surveys on body confidence across Years 7-11. Shocked by the results, the team worked with Off the Record (OTR), a local youth mental health charity to create and deliver a workshop to teachers to help them understand the issue and how best to support students. Following the success of the teacher workshop, the students went on to put up positive mirror messages in the school toilets and ran a positive message post-it note art piece. In addition to this, the team raised £40 for OTR by running a bake sale.

Evidencing employability skills

On Monday 13th May, Team Self Love presented their project to Miss Thomas, Mr Francis and Mr Mead. As well as evidencing how they tackled the issue, they were also required to articulate their own development during the programme, drawing on specific examples from the project. The teachers were impressed with the team’s project and blown away by their skills development, especially in confidence and public speaking.

References

Each team in the competition was partnered with its very own business, who provided volunteer mentors to guide the team with their projects and encourage them to develop skills that employers are looking for. Team Self Love were partnered with Burges Salmon.

The team had the incredible opportunity of visiting Burges Salmon 4 times over the past ten months. The business mentors provided the students with examples of how to develop key skills in teamwork, communication, creative thinking and grit: reinforcing how valuable these skills are in their own jobs, and when accessing the workplace in general. Trips to Burges Salmon have given students the unique opportunity of gaining exposure to the workplace and have even been provided with a personal reference which can be used for whatever they go onto next.

The students should be really proud of all that they have achieved on the Community Apprentice programme and for the difference that they have made in their communities. Their next step will be the Graduation event on Wednesday 3rd July – this will be an opportunity to celebrate all of their amazing achievements.

Well done Team Self Love!

 

 

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