Spring 2017 edition of the Coombeshead Academy Aspire magazine.
CHARITY COMMUNITY OUTREACH As part of their charity fund raising, a group of Year 9 students were nominated by their fellow students to represent the year group at an event, on two consecutive days in December, at the Homeless in Teignbridge (HITS) food bank, Bradley Lane Newton Abbot. The students spent a busy morning working together as a group with other HITS volunteers to pack festive food parcels. The hampers, which are gratefully received by many local families at this time of the year, were then delivered by HITS in time for the festive period. Alongside this event, Year 9 had been donating and collecting food to fill their own hampers in the run up to Christmas. Head of Year Mrs Marsh said " I am very grateful for and proud of all the hard work and contributions from Year 9 students and pleased that the students have demonstrated enthusiasm to become actively involved in such a worthwhile community event." Headteacher Andy Hulbert was interviewed subsequently on Radio Devon about the Year 9 students' charity drive to help those for whom Christmas can be a struggle - the focus being on community spirit. 28 Aspire Magazine |January 2017
COOMBESHEAD ACADEMY CHAMPION SCHOOL STATEMENT NCS The National Citizen Service(NCS) is the largest and fastest growing youth movement across the UK. It enables young people aged 16 & 17 to: • meet new people • experience new challenges • develop key skills • make positive contributions to their local community. NCS in Devon this year: • over 890 young people participated • raised over £14,600 for local causes • over 28,800 hours completed by young people to support and develop their local community. The above would not be possible without the support schools, such as Coombeshead Academy, provide in raising awareness about the NCS programme. Champion School Status • A total of 87 institutes across Devon were eligible to receive this award, and Coombeshead Academy is one of the 34 nominated and awarded Champion School status. • Schools awarded Champion School status is our way of saying thank you to all at Coombeshead Academy for the support and encouragement you and your staff provide in enabling young people to find out about and access the programme. “NCS is an experience you really don't want to miss. If you're 16 to 17 years old, this is your chance to embark on exhilarating challenges, make your mark, and build skills for work and life. To find out more, please visit: www.ncsyes.co.uk”. Representatives from NCS, Natalie Archer, Sam Dymond and Ollie Bolwell came in to meet the students involved and present the school it's award. The students involved were from Year 12, Daisy Boyd, James Peck, Naomi Osmond and from Year 13, Maisie Stephens Daisy described some of the charity events the group had been involved in. They had raised funds, over £200, through a cake sale and sponsored walk in fancy dress, from Newton Abbot to Paignton in the summer. The group were variously dressed as Batman, The Joker, an elephant and a tennis player. The monies raised went to Rowcroft Hospice and PATH (Plymouth Access to Housing). With the support of the CO-OP, who were very helpful, they put together ten self-belief bags containing some essential supplies and notes written by the students. Working through Young Devon they also provided blankets for the Hospice. Pictured is Head teacher Andrew Hulbert receiving the award on behalf of the students on 14 th December.