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Patcham High students community work for GCSE
4:50pm Saturday 2nd March 2013 in News
A group of teenagers have been helping to get rid of negative stereotypes concerning youngsters by getting involved with the community.
As part of their GCSE Citizenship course, Patcham High students in years 10 and 11 have been embarking on a number of different projects and activities this year.
Many chose to try and reverse the negative stereotypes of young people that are often shown in the national press while others actively helped disabled members of the community.
The idea behind the projects is to make a difference and change things for the better.
The projects have included visiting the elderly in local residential homes, teaching lessons, cooking with primary school kids, reading to baby and mother groups, doing sports and fun activities with Patcham Juniors and also holding a coffee morning in the community centre.
After coming up with the idea for the project, the students work in small groups doing all the work to implement their plan.
This includes interviewing relevant people, liaising with contacts outside of school and creating awareness through advertising to make their projects achievable and a success.
The results can often be very powerful and a great experience, not just for those they come into contact with and help support, but for the students themselves.
By taking part in the project, the students not only have a positive impact on the community, but develop skills that stand them in good stead for life after school.
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