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Ceremony Marks Caldicot Pupils’ Junior Prince’s Award Success

Caldicot primary schoolchildren have been congratulated for completing an education award scheme backed by HRH The Duke of Cambridge.

The SkillForce Junior Prince’s Award develops character, resilience and confidence, as well as teamwork and problem solving skills.

Aimed at 9 to 14-year-olds, the scheme is delivered in primary and secondary schools to equip children with the skills to succeed in education, life and future employment.  Activities include teamwork challenges, community projects, first aid, outdoor pursuits and an overnight residential.

Seventeen pupils at Dewstow Primary School on Green Lane have just successfully completed the award scheme, which started in September. They were presented with certificates at an awards ceremony at the school on December 14th.

As part of the programme, they have completed a social action project to enhance the school grounds. This involved regenerating the raised vegetable beds and polytunnel, and planting winter vegetables in preparation for harvest in the spring.

Gillian Bray, Headteacher of Dewstow Primary School, says, “Our Year 6 learners have enjoyed every minute of the course. This experience has enabled them to develop skills that will be beneficial to them now and for the future. The children have ‘faced their fears’, become resilient and have honed their teamworking skills. We would like to thank the SkillForce staff and are looking forward to engaging with them again next year.”

Monmouthshire’s cabinet member for schools and learning, County Councillor Liz Hacket Pain says, “SkillForce is noted for its many excellent schemes and I’m delighted that pupils in Dewstow Primary School have benefited from their contact with the charity.”

She adds, “The knowledge and experience gained by undertaking the Junior Prince’s Award is a sound investment towards the children’s future and I thank the SkillForce personnel and school staff for their inspiration and commendable involvement.”

Ex-Services instructor Anneli Davies who joined SkillForce this year, is using skills she has gained whilst serving as an Army Reservist in the 157 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, to deliver the Award programme.

She says, “It has been a privilege to work with these young people over the last few months. They have embraced the course with great enthusiasm and commitment. I have seen them develop their newly learnt skills, increase in confidence and improve their communication and leadership whilst working as part of a group throughout the course.”

Ben Slade, Chief Executive, SkillForce, adds, “We work with schools in Wales and beyond on educational programmes that build character, self confidence and resilience and which transform lives. I would like to offer my congratulations to Dewstow Primary School pupils on their award scheme success.”

More than 4,000 school children nationally have completed the SkillForce Junior Prince’s Award, which receives funding from investment company Standard Life. For information about SkillForce’s programmes for schools call 01623 827626, or email us.

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