05/07/11 – Appleford School pupils learn about care in their community with their ‘Citizenship Day’

Appleford School celebrated their ‘Citizenship Day’ in May.

Organised by teacher Mr Bawden, this special day has been an annual event since 2003 and the children get a chance to meet people who dedicate their life to the caring of others and learn exciting new skills. He explained:citizenship

“My aim and objective was to make our children aware that there are other people and animals who need our care, and we must learn to put others in front of ourselves.”

Guests invited to take part in the day and give demonstrations to the children ranged from the GUL Riding School, the Samaritans, photography, martial arts instruction, stone masonry, puppet making and the Hawk Conservancy.

Sadly the weather was not kind and the rain began to fall at lunchtime. But this did not dampen the spirits of those taking part and everyone had a really wonderful day. In the words of the pupils:

“I really enjoyed the stone masonry. We were allowed to chip away at the stone ourselves and write our initials “, said Jack aged 12

“I love birds so I really enjoyed the birds of prey. We watched the birds flying and I got to hold the Barn Owl”, added Toby aged 13.

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