28/07/10 – Appleford School pupils learn about care in their community with their ‘Citizenship Day’

Appleford School in Shrewton, a day and boarding school for children with dyslexia and associated learning difficulties have just celebrated their ‘Citizenship Day.’

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:

“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.”280710-1

Guests invited to take part in the day and give demonstrations to the children ranged from the GUL Riding School, The Samaritans, Fire Brigade, martial arts instruction, silk painting and the Hawk Conservancy.

Thankfully the summer heat wave continued long enough to bring a wonderful sunny day and the event was a huge success. In the words of the pupils:

“I really enjoyed the martial arts. The man had lots to teach us and told us a sad but amazing story of his life. I also really enjoyed mucking out the horses”, said Jake aged 12.

“I really enjoyed the silk making. We 280710-2were allowed to mix the colours and do cool things with it. I also really enjoyed caring for the horses”, said Kate aged 10

“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 12.


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