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Posted on: 24 July 2017


9 students from the outgoing Year 11 have participated in the National Citizenship Scheme (NCS) this summer.

This is a 4 week programme which started with a week of outdoor activities at Falmouth University such as kayaking, surfing and rock climbing, followed by a week’s camping and team bonding activities near East Meon.  The third week was at Havant College where the students brainstormed fund-raising ideas for their chosen charity - Two Saints, a charity for the homeless, for whom they hope to raise at least £500.  They had to pitch their ideas in a Dragons’ Den which included an NCS leader, an MP and a business person. The boys dressed up for the occasion in their Prom suits, and asked for the maximum amount of £50 to spend on their proposed events.

This week is the fourth week, and the fundraising events are underway.  Today is a football match where TPS students have paid £2 to play and spectators have paid 50p, and there is also a raffle.  Tomorrow they are “cycling to Paris” (or rather the equivalent distance of 345 miles!) at South Downs College where each student will cycle 20 miles.  On Wednesday there is a sponsored sleep-out at Bell Hill.

Sam England said, “It has been a fantastic experience.  Everyone has pulled together and I am really pleased with the results so far.  It was also great to meet new people from other local schools in the team building sessions. I would recommend the NCS to anyone!”