Torbay Times Column – April 2015 (Shiphay Learning Academy)

This month I would like to showcase Shiphay Learning Academy: a school which continues to be a great supporter of the Torbay Civic Award.

Kate Lee, Deputy, comments…

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 currently on track to do so.

Year 6 pupils at Shiphay take on a range of roles and responsibilities within the school community as part of their work towards the Torbay Civic Award, 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.

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 was decided by Year 6 pupils who took 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 so far!

Shiphay Learning Academy is one of 15 schools taking part in the Torbay Civic Award this year!

This article featured in The Torbay Times Community Newspaper.