During the summer holiday Millie D and Hannah B, who are both in Year 12, spent three weeks taking part in the National Citizenship Service (NCS) programme.
For the ‘Adventure’ section of the scheme, the girls joined other 15-17 year olds in Cornwall and took part in activities such as kayaking, sea-cliff climbing, hiking, cycling the Camel Trail, and paddle boarding.
Phase two was at Bicton College to experience university-style independence. Presentations on health, anxiety and diversity preceded team-building and guided reflection sessions.
Week three’s venue was Exeter Football Club to create a social action project, during which they raised £3,900 for UNICEF’s work helping Syrian refugees.
Millie said: “NCS was a really great informative experience, in which I made new friends and improved my leadership skills. It’s an amazing opportunity.”
“I’d thoroughly recommend it to anyone looking for something new and out of their comfort zone,” added Hannah.
Millie and Hannah (both 16), attended a graduation ceremony at the end of September, receiving a certificate signed by the Prime Minister and entry to the NCS graduate programme.
NCS is a charity that runs a 2 to 4 week programme in the spring, summer and autumn holidays. It aims to develop skills in leadership, confidence and independence.