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Community Programmes

For a number of years pupils have helped to provide meals at the luncheon club for elderly people. Outstanding service in this field is recognised by a prize awarded by RAF Coningsby.

Our links with the RAF station continue to grow. In recent years the school choir has been asked to sing Christmas Carols at Christmas functions in the Officers' Mess.

 

All Year 10 pupils, in their summer term, undertake two weeks work experience. The school is very grateful to businesses and organisations in the immediate and wider community, which provide these placements year after year. We are also indebted to the local Rotary Club for providing 11th year pupils with interview experience prior to applying to colleges for courses or firms for employment.

 

The school has a positive attitude to links with industry and a number of local firms have co-operated in undertaking projects to enhance the curriculum.

 

Interact Club

 

Barnes Wallis Academy has been running an Interact Club at the school for 6 years. It meets every fortnight at lunchtime to discuss and plan fundraising activities. There are currently 16 members in the club, who are overseen by President Ellie Shaw (Year 9) and Secretary Harriet Tacey (Year 8).
 
The term, Interact, is derived from "inter" for International, and "act" for action. We are supported by the Rotary Club of Woodhall Spa and together we plan and organise projects of service to the academy, community and the wider world. You can find more information about them at http://woodhallsparotary.co.uk/   
 
Members carry out volunteering and fundraising activities throughout the school year. As part of their work they volunteer to serve lunches to the elderly members of the community and every December we also host the elderly members of the community for a Christmas lunch at the Academy. They also give up their own time to fundraise for both local and global charities. They raise funds by bag packing at supermarkets, hold discos at school and organise cake sales. During the year 2018-19, they have raised over £401 for their chosen charities which are LIVES, Macmillan Cancer and 4Ocean. Members also have the opportunity to take part in RYLA and other Rotary lead competitions and activities.
 
Members who have taken part in the club for over a year are nominated for a Group Diana Award in recognition of their fundraising. So far 50 pupils have received this prestigious award. The Diana Award, set up in memory of Princess Diana, is given to young people who have shown a commitment to changing their world through volunteering and fundraising. One of the members was chosen to represent the Interact Club and received her award at a ceremony at the House of Lords.

 

Young Carers

 

At Barnes Wallis Academy our Young Carers group has been running for the last three years and during this time we have enjoyed lots of exciting activities both in and outside school.

 

We receive training from the Lincolnshire LIVES, which gives us basic first aid skills and much more.

 

Being awarded the Young Carers Friendly Award by Lincolnshire Healthy Schools has been a great achievement for us.

 

Our Young Carers have the benefit of being able to have someone to talk to when they need to, and feel safe and secure within our school. 

 

Our Academy has a great awareness of Young Carers, we meet every week and use this time to train, discuss and support each other.

 

Our students are not judged, they are understood and respected for their additional responsibilities. Find out more about our young carers here.