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22 February 2018

Generous Pupils Give Back for Student Volunteering Week

This year marks the 18th anniversary of Student Volunteering Week and to celebrate we are reflecting on the generosity of pupils who are regularly involved in the school’s Community Service Programme.

Organised by the Student Volunteering Network (SVN) and with support from Student Hubs and the National Union of Students (NUS), Student Volunteering Week sees pupils and staff from across the UK taking part in various volunteering activities.

This year’s theme was ‘Student Civic Engagement,’ which saw improving student well-being, developing employability and contributing positively to civic life on and off campus as key targets.

As part of our own Community Service programme, King’s pupils spend Monday afternoons visiting local schools and charities.. A number of pupils also help in various departments across the school, including careers support and archive research.

Upper Sixth pupil Scarlett Manger recently volunteered at Selworthy Special School in Taunton, where she developed skills in a range of areas. Looking back on her experience, she said: “My time at Selworthy was such a great experience and taught me many things that I can take forward, especially as I am looking to read Early Childhood Studies at university. I particularly enjoyed teaching the children how to swim and watching them growing in confidence.”

Fourth Form pupils Guy Milton-Jenkins and Abigail Howells have also volunteered at the local Holway Park Primary School. Reflecting on his year’s work experience, Guy said: “I love being able to connect with the children and discover the best way to help them learn. It’s been a very positive experience.”

Thoroughly impressed by the school’s broad curriculum, Abigail added: “It has been amazing to see each pupil getting involved in a wide range of topics, including planets and Ancient Egypt. I am grateful for the opportunity, and volunteering has given me a good insight into teaching as a career.”

Throughout the Michaelmas Term, our Football Leaders also ran weekly coaching sessions for pupils from Holy Trinity Primary School. Head of Athletics, Richard Llewelyn-Eaton, also runs a Primary School Athletics initiative that sees King’s athletes leading and supervising activities at 12 schools across Somerset.

Head of King’s College Community Service, Chris Mason, summarises: “It is wonderful to have a team of conscientious, dedicated and hardworking pupils and staff who every week take time out of their busy schedules to help out within the local and King’s Schools community.”

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