As schools begin to welcome more children back after the pandemic, Karen Thomson (Award Founder & Cordinator) and Gary Vine (Admin & Online Editor) have been giving a lot of thought to the Torbay and Devon Civic Award and what should be the next steps for the rest of this year. We have had to bear in mind the emails received from parents and children letting us know that they’ve completed the award and have worked hard on it whilst in lock down, our knowledge of the enormous changes and impossibilities created by this virus and the great strain staff members will be under at the end of this summer term.
Through discussions Karen & Gary have decided to introduce a Special Edition certificate for this year only, which will go to any Y6 pupil who is felt to have embraced the spirit of the award, even if their evidence is incomplete through no fault of their own. Please find below a letter to all families and children taking part in the award this year which will explain things more clearly.
Dear children and families,
Due to the exceptional circumstances of the last few months, I have had to make some changes to the Torbay and Devon Civic Award assessment process.
I know many children will have had cancelled residentials and will have been unable to demonstrate their commitment to many aspects of the award. Therefore, this year, we will celebrate children who have embraced the spirit and the values of the award, even if they haven’t completed it all.
This year, there will be no requirement for formal assessments, but I have asked teachers to arrange to look at your files and talk to you about the things you have done for the award to decide if you meet this criteria.
I am arranging the publication of a limited-edition certificate which will be sent to schools so that everyone can recognise all you have done.
Whilst I sympathise with the huge disruption that Year 6 children have had to cope with during their final year at primary school, this has been a time when the values of the award have never been more important! The main aim of the Torbay and Devon Civic Award is that, through taking part, children will develop their character. I know that many of you have carried out some incredible and selfless things to help your families and your communities during these very difficult times, and I have asked your teachers to send details of these to me so that we can celebrate all that you have done on our website www.torbayanddevoncivicaward.co.uk, through our facebook page and in the local media. Please feel free to send any extra information to Gary Vine (who looks after the website) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Even though schools usually send through stories and updates for the website, Gary is more than happy to receive submissions from parents / legal guardians.
This year many new schools joined us, bringing the total number of schools to 36, and I was looking forward to seeing all of you, particularly those I spoke to last September and October at the awards ceremony. Sadly, that won’t happen this year, but I am sure that the experiences you have gained from taking part in the award will strengthen you and guide you in making many decisions about your lives in the future.
I wish you all well and Congratulations to those who will be presented with this year’s certificate!
With very best wishes
Award Founder and Coordinator
The above letter can be viewed in PDF format and in printable form by clicking here.