Year 9 ended the academic year with a Community Action Day, raising their awareness of local, national and global issues and working together to provide help and support in the local community with a number of well-received volunteer activities.
OG Grace Farmer presented the first workshop of the day, leading activities that helped them to understand the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the ways in which some countries disregard these. Grace encouraged pupils to think about ways in which they could help people throughout the world whose Human Rights have been ignored.
After the workshop, our Year 9s then took part in a range of community-friendly activities with some heading off to Anley Hall Nursing Home, on the outskirts of Settle, to perform a concert for the residents, whilst others baked brownies and cookies in Home Economics for the Nursing Home’s summer fayre. Meanwhile others teamed up, grabbed buckets of soapy water and sponges, and set about cleaning signs around Giggleswick and Settle.
In the afternoon, representatives from Skipton Refugee Group, Craven DEC and YDMT, led a session which enabled pupils to understand more about refugees and asylum seekers. Pupils were also extremely fortunate to hear from Gulwali Passarlay, a refugee, who spoke candidly about his experiences as a 12-year-old boy fleeing war torn Afghanistan with his mother's words always in his head: 'Be safe and do not come back'.
Head of Middle School, Emma-Jane Wharton, said “The day was a great success with pupils readily sharing ideas and opinions and working together to think of ways in which we at Giggleswick can help our local, national and global community."