Archbishop accolade for hard-working students

Some of The Archbishop of York Youth Trust Young Leaders' Award winners with The Rt Revd Frank White.
Some of The Archbishop of York Youth Trust Young Leaders' Award winners with The Rt Revd Frank White.
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Dozens of pupils at a Ponteland school have been recognised by the Church of England for their involvement in various school and community projects.

During its new ‘Inspire, Create and Enquire’ (ICE) sessions, Year 5 children at Richard Coates Middle School have been building up their leadership skills.

These activities in combination with specific initiatives have enabled the 120 students to achieve The Archbishop of York Youth Trust Young Leaders’ Award.

They received their accolade at a ceremony in St Mary’s Church, Ponteland, which was led by The Rt Rev Frank White, acting Bishop of Newcastle, and Ponteland Mayor Carl Rawlings. They both talked to the children about community and helping others.

Richard Coates headteacher Heather Cape said: “ICE sessions were introduced this September as part of the new curriculum. They provide students across all year groups with the opportunity in school to develop a range of essential skills outside of traditional lessons.

“Our children have taken part in charity and community work, first aid, eco initiatives, team building and philosophy and debating activities among others.

“It’s great that we’re able to celebrate the leadership and team building skills that our Year 5 pupils have picked up during these sessions, and through working on other school projects, at a big ceremony. They all fully deserve their awards.”

Year 5 led the school’s harvest festival in the Autumn, where many food items were donated to The People’s Kitchen in Newcastle.

They did some artwork for a Ponteland wartime exhibition and are taking part in the ‘Mini Pots of Care’ scheme to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.