RGS endeavours to produce confident young leaders who are competent in leading and organising activities for their peers and primary school children. The sports leader scheme runs as an option during 4th year games.
The criteria for the award are as follows;
This year several of our sports leaders helped to run a primary school netball festival where they acted as team manager, warmed up their squad and umpired games as well as recording the scores and presenting the prizes. One of our students, Lottie Robinson, is particularly interested in photography so she took it upon herself to photograph the students during the running of this event, having sought parental permission first!
Other students in the group chose to help out during House fixtures acting as umpire and/or referee during Junior House VX.
The awards were;
The Gold Award winners will also receive a Headmaster’s Commendation.
As well as the RGS Award, we also logged all the voluntary hours on the Youth Sports Trust website as part of their Step Into Sport scheme to enable our leaders to attain a nationally recognised award either for work in school or in the community. For the Bronze award students need to complete 50 voluntary hours, 100 for Silver and 200 hours for the Gold award.
Ripon Lions sponsor our Young Leader in Service Awards which is open to students throughout the school. This year 34 students have completed a total of 5442 hours between them which is an average of 160 voluntary hours per student. When the Leadership Awards arrive in school they will be presented to the students by Eric Clark who is President of Ripon Lions.
I love the fact that so many of our students give up their time to help others, be it working in Oxfam, teaching swimming to primary aged children, marshalling the Race for Life, mentoring younger children in Homework clubs, the list goes on. I am always reminded of the expression ‘A volunteer is not paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.’