Summer Newsletter 2016 - page 3

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Tanisha earns her
place on a
Leadership Award
On 1st July Great Torrington School was one of nine schools to attend the
National Conference at the University Birmingham School with Children and
Families Minister Edward Timpson, where we were crowned regional winner
for the DFE Character Awards 2016.
First introduced in 2015 by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, the awards
celebrate excellence and diversity in this field, recognising that character is
already being encouraged, nurtured and developed alongside academic
rigour through a variety of programmes inside and outside schools across the
country. The awards demonstrate that character education can be found
within a school's ethos, in the classroom and on the playground, as much as
it can be found on the sports field and outside of school in the local
community.
Character development is key to the ethos of GTS, whose mission is 'to
inspire confident learners who will have the skills, qualities and qualifications
to thrive in our changing world'. Our school is a mixed secondary school
which provides an extensive range of enrichment opportunities to help pupils
expand upon their life experiences and give them the grit and determination
to "keep trying". Pupils are encouraged to take part in competitions at local,
regional and national levels. These have included: the international Lego
League, South West Regional show jumping, Rotary Young Chef, Rotary
Youth Speaks, Torrington Carnival, Teen Tech Awards, Maths Challenge and
the GTS Spelling Bee. All with the objective of giving pupils experiences that
enhance their academic achievements to offer them the widest opportunity
for future careers and life-long learning.
Sandra Peters, Personalised Learning Manager said,
"We are delighted to be
recognised for the work we do to enhance character and improve
employability and life chances of the pupils at Great Torrington School. We
believe 'character education' is about broadening horizons, developing
resilience and preparing our young people to become responsible citizens of
the future."
A massive well done to Tanisha
Law who has been selected by
Great Torrington Rotary Club to
attend the Rotary Youth
Leadership Award (RYLA) Camp
this summer.
RYLA stands for Rotary Youth
Leadership Awards, which are
gained by candidates who
complete a one-week residential
course held every July. The
course comprises an intensive
programme of outdoor activities
and tasks aimed at team building
skills, along with a series of
projects and lectures from
members, business
professionals, Rotarians and
Adventure Instructors.
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