Mrs Carmen Harvey Browne with Lewes MP Maria Caulfield and Year 9 students
Our first ever whole school Citizenship Day was a resounding success; all students from Years 5 to 13 got involved in a variety of workshops that focused on aspects of the UK Legal System – there was something on offer for everyone.
Two groups of students went out for the morning; one went to the Police museum in Brighton whilst senior students had a tour of Lewes Crown Court. A trial that fascinated Rory was a case involving assault and affray using a bag of potatoes!
For those students based at Northease, the morning had a really exciting start – Lewes MP, Maria Caulfield, delivered an interesting presentation about her role. There followed a lively question and answer session – our students were not afraid to ask if Parliament could introduce shorter school days, longer holidays and chocolate supplies for all children! Then matters of state took precedence, as our MP had to leave Northease for Westminster.
Citizenship Day was organised so that students rotated between:
· A crime scene – students had to search for evidence using forensic methods
· Photo-fit opportunities – pupils used a software programme to create an image of a teacher
· Life in prison presentation
· Offensive weapons presentation
· Historical murder mystery
Most of these engaging sessions were delivered by guest speakers who gave up their own time to help teach the students a different area of their expertise; among them were PC Ross, PC Carter, and PO Lawrence. We got really positive feedback from these visitors, about all of the students at the school and they have offered to run more workshops in the future. What was striking about Citizenship Day was that the momentum never waned – the afternoon held even more excitement and new experiences for our students. All of the girls received self-protection training from professional instructor, Graham Bridger. It was a beautiful day so they were able to learn and demonstrate their moves on the grass outside Senior School. The girls enjoyed seeing Mrs Day throw and overpower Ms Wheatley using a technique she had just learnt.