Young people become star citizens

More than 400 Surrey Heath pupils have taken part in practical sessions over three days to broaden their personal, peer and community responsibility skills.

Young Citizen is designed to give youngsters the knowledge and skills to lead safe, healthy lives and to understand how their behaviour can have an impact on others.

Year 7 students from Kings International College, Collingwood College and Carwarden House Community School took part in the practical sessions which ran from 26 to 28 November.

The scheme included a range of workshop sessions provided by Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, Surrey Police and St John Ambulance; with topics comprising road and fire safety, personal safety and basic first aid skills.

In addition, Solomon Theatre Company performed their play called 'Last Orders', about alcohol abuse and its consequences, followed by a workshop discussion. Also, new for this year's scheme, Solomon undertook a Cyber safety workshop covering the social and legal aspects of internet use and potential dangers.

Following the event, pupils have the opportunity to test their knowledge with a short online quiz for the chance to win a cycle helmet, kindly donated by East Street Cycles. Alongside this there will be a poster design competition with the winning design being awarded a prize and copies of the poster made available for use by Surrey Heath schools.

A VIP day saw special guest the Mayor of Surrey Heath Cllr Bob Paton visit Collingwood College to see the scheme in action and present certificates to all the schools taking part.
The day was a really valuable opportunity for VIPs to chat to the young citizens about their experiences.

The Mayor of Surrey Heath said: “This scheme is an ideal way to encourage the teenagers of tomorrow to remember essential life skills, and to have consideration for others in their community. Seeing so many involved from all the schools was really inspiring and the discussions and workshops encouraged the young people to participate and explore the themes and learning in more detail.”

Young Citizen is an annual event organised by the Safer Surrey Heath Partnership (SSHP) and Surrey Heath Learning Partnership (SHLP).

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