The community leadership and charity work of over 200 students has been recognised at the fourth Archbishop of York Young Leaders’ Award Ceremony at Archbishop Holgate’s School.
On Tuesday the Bishop of Whitby, the Right Reverend Paul Ferguson, presented pupils with their certificates for completing the challenging and inspiring course over two years, studying the work of inspirational people of faith, and then identifying and supporting those in need through acts of volunteering, fundraising and charity.
This scheme, taught alongside Citizenship lessons, was launched in January 2012 by the Religious Education department of Archbishop Holgate’s School and is now firmly established in the school’s curriculum. Head of RE, Mrs Harper said: “It’s wonderful that again this year we have another group of impressive young students who have demonstrated the ability to learn, understand and apply the lessons of the world’s great spiritual leaders.”
This year students contributed to a remarkable range of projects and events: organising a community coffee morning (baking cakes, decorating the hall, a raffle, refreshments, flower displays for the tables) and various other fundraising events and cake sales. In addition, they have been volunteering in the community, baby-sitting for relatives, dog walking and other odd jobs for neighbours, helping at Parents’ Evenings, collecting World Book Day books for Cape Town and being a source of support for their own families.