National Citizen Service
The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a flagship government initiative that offers a unique opportunity for students aged 16 and 17. As one of the biggest events held at St Vincent Sixth Form College, our students will come together, once in their lives to learn, develop and act as one in their communities. As part of this event the students involved will have the amazing experience of working as a team and to show their potential to make an impact in the world and their local community.
80 Sport, Public Services and Health and Social Care students travelled to Croyde in North Devon with three PE staff for their NCS trip. The students stayed at the Ultimate High Adventure Centre in either log cabins or large tents, which for some of our students was the first time they had ever gone camping or lived away from home.
Each day consisted of two activities and included surfing, coasteering, mountain boarding laser quest, high ropes and total wipeout. The activities were fully engaging and helped the students to develop their confidence as well as communication, leadership and teamwork skills.
After the three days spent at Croyde, all the students and staff travelled to Norman Court School in Salisbury. Students took part in a range of activities tailored to their relevant subjects at College, as well as working with the local community.
On returning to College each department worked on the planning and delivery of a community project. This involved the students working as a team to raise money for a local charity or organisation as well as doing some voluntary hours.
After the charitable events have taken place our students are congratulated for their efforts as part of a national celebration. The students receive a certificate signed by the Prime Minister and are given the opportunity to be recognised for the impact they have made on the community. The transformation we see in young people through the NCS programmes is incredible. It provides young people with the tools, skills and belief to unlock their potential and make a positive impact in their communities, whatever their background and whatever their ambition.