Community Action Week 2014
NLL’s annual community action week ran in the last full week of term and saw students in Year 10 working together and giving something back to their communities, whilst learning valuable skills and gaining useful experiences to put into their CVs and applications to further education in the future.
Projects included helping to prepare for Five Acre Woodstock, a charity car wash, a smoothie bar, clearing NLL’s woodland, improving Little Learners Nursery’s garden, preparing for challenge week, designing and creating a science garden and working with the Loose Valley Conservation Society.
From 9am sharp the eager students split off into their groups and began their week’s work. The Loose Valley group were clearing some newly acquired woodland and running new paths through it. Blessed with blistering sun for the week, they stuck to their task and received fulsome praise from the conservation group for the amount of work they completed. They were rewarded for their efforts with a daily lunch delivery, which kept their spirits up.
The science garden crew worked wonders. Preparing seed beds, laying a mains water supply, building a shed and shoveling manure from the farm to enrich the soil.
Our Five Acre Woodstock team was a sensation. All twenty Year 10 students involved worked responsibly and conscientiously with some very needy students in their classrooms. The praise received from the classroom staff was really encouraging. Two of the students even gave up their Friday reward trips to do an additional day at the school.
Mr Nichols and Mr Wilson were the first staff to volunteer to lead a group, and again donned their lumberjack outfits to thrash their way through the undergrowth on the NLL Woodland.
The nursery garden was in need of additional storage following the destruction of its previous metal shed during the high winds over the winter. Led by Miss Croucher and Mr Piqueras, the team risked multiple lacerations, limb loss and linguistic pitfalls to decipher the coded instructions and complete the shed on time.
Our smoothie bar and car wash teams worked tirelessly across the week, and together raised a magnificent £230 for their leavers’ ball in 2015.
Challenge week assistants helped staff run New Line Learning’s first ever challenge week with Years 7, 8 and 9. Working with younger students, they set a great example for the week and got a lot out of their hard work.
Here’s to another successful community action week in 2015!