Students take up relationships challenge
THIRTEEN schools have now signed up for this year’s County Schools Challenge; a competition which asks pupils to come up with enterprising ways to help other youngsters struggling with a specific social issue.
And schools not yet involved in the challenge – which this year is exploring the theme Healthy Relationships – are now being encouraged to take part.
The aim of the 2016 County Schools Challenge is to encourage pupils across the county to come up with an enterprising idea about how to help other young people understand what a healthy relationship should be, and where to turn when their relationships become unhealthy or abusive.
Each participating school has its own launch, in which they introduce the idea of the challenge to their pupils before sending students off to work on ‘business plans’ in groups.
In June and July, a semi-final and final will be held, featuring teams from schools across the county, culminating in an appearance at the Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering, before a Dragons’ Den-style panel of experts who will pick the overall winning idea.
At the recent launch event at Huxlow Science College in Irthlingborough, Shaun Johnson from the joint Arson Taskforce (Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service), explained more about what is expected of participating students.
The winning school will be supported in making their idea become a reality; a tool that can be used to help others throughout Northamptonshire.
Laura Jones is prevention manager within the joint Prevention and Community Protection Department (Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service). She said: “The County Schools Challenge provides a great platform for us to engage and learn from young people.
“The enthusiasm and skills we see from the students taking part is very inspiring, and it is always a proud moment watching the students showcase their ideas at the semi-final and final events.
“Although the challenge includes an element of competition, the main purpose is to engage as many young people as we can across the county.
“We continue to welcome schools to take part in this year’s challenge, with those that do seeing benefits across the school’s curriculum.”
For updates on the County Schools Challenge, go to Facebook and ‘like’ the County Schools Challenge page or follow them on Twitter @ncsc_challenge
To take part in the challenge, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured above – ENGAGING STUDENTS: Shaun Johnson explained what the County Schools Challenge entails.