We would like to tell you about a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity which your son/daughter can sign up to take part in this Summer 2019. National Citizen Service (NCS) is a government-backed, four-phase programme which is supported by our school and takes place in the Summer holidays.
The National Citizen Service team visited our school on Wednesday 27th March in which they gave our students a presentation on the fantastic opportunity that is waiting for them in the holidays of Summer 2019.
Places are filling up fast, so NCS have asked us to write to you to make sure you know this is taking place and that you can sign up on their website here: https://www.ncsyes.co.uk/sign-up-to-ncs
Sign up within the next week to receive the discounted rate of £40!
Students in Year 11 and 12 have the opportunity to sign up and will then be placed in teams of 12-15 with their friends and other students from local schools and colleges.
- Phase 1: Adventure
A five day outward bound residential at Cumulus Residential Camp to focus on teamwork, problem solving skills and getting out of their comfort zone.
- Phase 2: Discovery
Participants will then spend five days at the University of Kent in Canterbury developing their independent living skills, life skills through a variety of workshops and learning about their local community.
- Phase 3: Social Action
The teams will work from a local community base to plan and implement a 60-hour community project that benefits both young people and society using the skills developed in Week 1 and 2. This will take place over the course of 10 days non-residential.
Finally to celebrate their NCS achievements, we will hold a Graduation to present a signed certificate from the Prime Minister.
NCS is amazing value for money, the whole experience will cost you no more than £50. This includes all meals, transport, accommodation and activities. This is due to the programme being strongly backed by the government, who contribute more than £1,500 towards each place.
The students are collected and dropped off at local/central meeting point for the first two Phases, and during Phase 3 the young people will be based in their local area – no costly travel required! They also have plenty of free time in the evenings and they’ll be back at home for the weekend, giving them time to unwind, or get a weekend job!
NCS helps young people build their confidence and gain new skills for work and life whilst having fun and giving back to their community – the best possible springboard for their future. Whether they’ve just started sixth form or college, or preparing to enter the working world, signing up to NCS is one of the best decisions a teenager can make.
But don’t just take our word for it; NCS carried out a study of 200 teachers, who agreed that young people who try something new during the school holidays have a more positive attitude, and are more focused than their peers when they return to school or start college.
Vic Goddard, Head teacher at Passmores Academy and star of Educating Essex agrees: “In my experience with teenagers, it’s not a lack of will to find more exciting things to do but a lack of confidence to go out there and seek their own opportunities. This is exactly why I believe supporting participation in programmes such as NCS, which also help develop personality traits that employers are increasingly looking for, is vital. Sometimes we forget that the learning that takes place outside of school is just as important.”
Please note: GCSE Results Day is on Thursday 22 August 2019 this year; should your son/daughter wish to sign up to take part in the NCS programme and not miss this, they should choose from the following waves:
Wave 1: Monday 8 July 2019 – Thursday 1 August 2019 (4 weeks)
Wave 2: Monday 15 July 2019 – Thursday 8 August 2019 (4 weeks)
Wave 3: Monday 22 July 2019 – Thursday 8 August 2019 (3 weeks)
Wave 4: Monday 29 July 2019 – Thursday 15 August 2019 (3 weeks)
For more information, check out the NCS website www.ncsyes.co.uk