2017 / 2018 Introduction

We are now commencing the 14th season of the newly named Torbay and Devon Civic Award as we now enter the 2017/2018 season.

Formerly known as the Torbay Civic Award, we have outgrown Torbay by taking on schools within South Devon. We have decided to change the name to Torbay and Devon Civic Award so we can represent schools within Torbay and Devon.

To reflect the change we have changed our website to www.torbayanddevoncivicaward.co.uk and out official facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/torbayanddevoncivicaward/  

Between 300 – 400 Year 6 students from over 20 schools based in Torbay, Dawlish, Exminster, Bovey Tracey, Newton Abbot and Teignmouth will be enthusiastically completing their final year in Primary school and at the same time making a huge difference to themselves and others by participating in the Torbay and Devon Civic Award programme.

This year we welcome the following new schools joining the Torbay and Devon Civic Award; Gatehouse Primay Academy (Dawlish), Hazeldown Primary School (Teignmouth), Preston Primary School (Paignton), Warberry Primary School (Torquay) and Watcombe Primary School (Torquay) for joining us this year.

To achieve the award pupils have to prove their participation in five main areas. These are:

Active Citizenship in their school community.

This could be  Peer Mediation , Reading Buddies . School Council or other positions of trust and responsibility in school.

Active Citizenship in their home communities .

In the past, pupils have  taken part in beach cleans, bulb planting, helping at Brownies /Cubs/sports clubs and looking after people in the community. Pupils may also work with others to organise events in school to support local charities. Children may, of course, get involved with events out of school but responsibility for this will lie with parents.

An active hobby(ies)

A non-active hobby (ies)

Children should spend about 30 minutes on average  a week on their hobbies and one of them needs to be new to the child from September 2017.

Residential experience and adventure training

This entails sleeping away from home and taking part in outdoor challenges.

Children also need to adopt a cause or charity which they feel strongly about. They need to research it and find ways of supporting it.

Pupils will need to keep evidence for this in a portfolio or file. Evidence may include photographs, certificates, letters of recommendation, press cuttings, personal reflections etc.

There will be an Assessment Day in June when then external assessors will meet with children individually. Those children who achieve the award will be invited to the Awards Ceremony at Torquay Boys Grammar School. . As in recent years, certificates will be awarded to successful pupils by the Mayor Of Torbay at a very special ceremony in the Centenary Hall.

The Civic Award does a great deal to develop children`s character. It encourages them to be compassionate and to take responsibility for positive change. It also supports them in leading purposeful and full lives and is great preparation for both secondary school and the workplace. Children who take part in the Torbay and Devon Civic Award report that it helps them learn skills of working both collaboratively and independently , skills of managing and organising events and makes them feel `grown up`.

All students are taking something valuable with them and that is what they learned from participating in the Torbay and Devon Civic Award Programme.