It has been a busy year so far for the Y6 pupils at Shiphay Learning Academy who are working towards the Torbay Civic Award. This year we are hoping to have a record number of pupils achieve the award, with all 60 of our pupils currently on track to do so.
Year 6 pupils at Shiphay take on a range of roles and responsibilities within the school community and this is their opportunity to give something back and also to share their ideas and opinions. On an average day at Shiphay you might find: Year 6 Reading Buddies working with Key Stage One pupils to share their love of reading; Play Leaders leading games and encouraging active play at lunchtimes; ICT Digital Leaders running the technological aspects of assemblies and performances or supporting adults in their ICT learning; School Pupil Council members leading meetings or completing research to improve aspects of school life that they are passionate about and Eco-Council members working to develop our school site and their peers’ awareness of environmental issues. All this on top of their learning in the classroom and the other clubs and activities that they enjoy.
Another important aspect is the charity section of the award. In addition to fundraising events that individual pupils have organised outside school, Shiphay’s Y6s have organised two whole school fundraising days – Red Nose Day and Christmas Jumper Day. The programme for each of these days is decided by Year 6 pupils who have to submit their plans for approval by the Headteacher. They take responsibility for writing letters to parents, organising the timetable for the day, running activities in different classes, setting up fundraising games and events and, of course, manning the cake sale. These two events alone have seen Year 6 raising nearly £1000 in total. They are hoping to far exceed this once they add in the totals from the Summer Term’s event.