Community Action Week
Every year, once the examination period is over, Year 12 spend a week serving our local community. We offer a wide range of placements that include community gardening projects, working in care homes and primary schools, helping in charity shops, volunteering in James Cook University Hospital, and many more. This is very much a key feature of our Sixth Form, allowing our students to experience the enjoyment that comes from helping others and putting into action our core values, as well as giving something back to the local community.
Last year saw some new ventures, as our local Rotary Group took a lead in organising groups to take on tasks to enhance Coulby Newham, litter picking, planting seeds, repairing benches and fixing fences.
Others helped out in charity shops such as British Heart Foundation, Teesside Hospice, Age UK and , volunteered in care homes, Stainton Way, Kirkley Lodge and Fountains Court or at North Tees and James Cook hospitals. Several assisted local charities and churches such as Zoe’s Place and the Salvation Army with their weekly events, either working with elderly or children’s groups or assisting with fund-raising ventures. Students worked in local primary schools such as Teesville and Whinstone. Preston Park welcomed helpers in their grounds and Justice First, Tees Valley Arts and My Place also hosted assistants for the week.
Unfortunately Community Action Week 2020 had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis but we hope to be able to return to normal in 2021.