Updated: Jul 7, 2019
At Ormiston Rivers Academy we believe that developing our students to be successful young adults who make a positive impact in the world is of great importance. We also believe that developing skills such as empathy, resilience, independence, teamwork and social skills are just as important as academic achievement. Therefore to foster this personal development of our young people we serve, all year 8 students took part in a social action project called First Give. This is the third year working with First Give, and it meant students during lesson time worked in teams to create a presentation about a charity in their local community. The students then had to either raise fund or awareness for their charity and social issue that it helps to support. The planning of the project took place in Philosophy, Citizenship & Ethics lessons, whilst speech writing took place in English lessons.
The First Give project, sponsored by the #iwill campaign and the Big Lottery Fund, works with schools to encourage students to research social issues in their local communities and find charities which help to support people impacted by the issues. This year students worked with Dengie First Responders, Citizen's Advice Bureau, CHESS homelessness and The J's Hospice. All charities have an important part to play in our local community which the students found out through their research, face to face meet with volunteers and fundraising.
Ormiston Rivers student have been creative in their fundraising; three girls complete their school work in cardboard boxes in separate corners of the playground to raise awareness for homelessness, a school water fight against teachers for The J's Hospice, sponsored runs, bike rides, silence for the entire day and no technology were just a few ways to help support the work of the four charities.
On Monday 10th June Ormiston Rivers and First Give held the school final where the students presented their work to their families, friends, teachers, charity workers and the judging panel. The winning team was Katie-Ann Busby, Anna Dunk and Bella Furia working on behalf of Citizen's Advice, the prize was £1,000 to be donated to their charity.
"This project has really helped me to understand that we can do something for our local community. We may hear some really bad stuff going on in the world so it is nice to know that we can do something about it." G. Abela - Year 8 student
"Doing the First Give project has really helped me to speak to large groups of people. I never thought I would be able to stand on a stage and teach my mum about a hospice in front of hundreds of people but I did it!" Reggie Downs - Year 8 student
"The students worked so hard to find solutions to problems in their local community. The dedication and thoughtfulness behind their work is exemplary. I couldn't be more prouder to say that they are my students" Miss Marable, Head of Philosophy