Public-spirited students at HDHS have led to the school being officially recognised as the county’s ‘champion’ for National Citizen Service (NCS). NCS is a government initiative in which students from Year 11 – 13 take part in community based projects during 3 weeks of their summer holidays. Projects have included charity fund-raising, working with children or the elderly, improving local facilities or organising community events. HDHS has taken part for t…he last three years but this year, take-up has been so great that the school has been officially declared the county’s most public-spirited with over 60 pupils confirming their attendance by paying to be included. In return students will attend a one-week team-building experience similar to Outward Bounds and will receive a personal letter of commendation from the Prime Minister.
Assistant Head Simon Garnham said, “I am extremely proud that so many of our students are willing to give up their holidays to work within the community. I’m also delighted that they are taking this great chance to improve their employability skills. They will be well trained to work as a team and to plan and deliver a worth-while and rewarding project. I am told by the National Citizen Service that we may well be getting a surprise visit to present our awards by a very high-profile celebrity!”
It is not too late to take part – for more information see Mr Garnham.