When our new school building had its official opening by the Lord Archbishop of York, the Most Hon and Most Rev Dr John Sentemu, he spoke of his Youth Trust, and the Young Leaders Award that inspired young people to change their local communities. This is the fifth Year Woodchurch High School Church of England Academy have entered pupils for the award – and over 1250 pupils have now made a difference to people they know personally, members of our school family and the local community.
On 27th June we hosted our fifth annual Awards ceremony. 250 pupils from Year 8 were awarded their certificates and badges in recognition of their work with people they know, members of the local community and their work in supporting our school. The Rt Rev Libby Lane, Bishop of Stockport led our thoughts on Helping others is Helping God (Hebrews 13:16). We were also pleased to welcome the Deputy Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Watt who also helped present the awards. We had over 200 guests visit to witness this celebration.
We were also thrilled to share this awards ceremony with the Year 5 class from Woodchurch C of E primary school who have completed the KS2 version of the award. Their class also joined us for this service.
During the ceremony we heard stories from our pupils about the work they had completed during the year, how people of faith who changed the world inspired them and heard about the various community challenges which have made a significant difference to the community around them.
This years challenges included working with elderly neighbours by cutting their grass, cleaning cars and heavy lifting; helping at Primary School’s giving children opportunities they wouldn’t normally have; helping renovate local parks and roads, building bug hotels and coaching trampolining clubs. All of these challenges stretched our pupils leadership skills and helped others tremendously.
For our school challenge this year, all of our pupils took place doing a read-a-thon. This was a paired reading activity aiming to increase pupils’ literacy skills between Year 7 and Year 8. Many pupils found this pushed them to develop new friendships and develop their own reading skills.
Through everything our pupils have done this year, they have shown a heart of servant hood, and more importantly they have cared for others. As Jesus said “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good works and praise your Father who is in Heaven....” and through the work our pupils have done this year, they have shared their light with others, reflecting their understanding of this key Bible verse for our school life.
We would like to thank Magenta Living, The Oxton Gateway Project, Wirral Country Parks, Winston’s Place Nursery and Woodchurch Methodist Church for helping us with our community projects this year and we look forward to working with these and other groups next year.