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Sixth Form Enrichment in action

27 January 2017

Here at EHS we strive to offer all our Sixth Formers the opportunity to volunteer in the local community for at least a term during their Enrichment time on Wednesday afternoons.

This year, we have added two new volunteering opportunities to our list. Last term our sixth formers started volunteering at the Martineau Gardens, a community garden and charity, located on Priory Road, Edgbaston, which aims to inspire people about the natural environment. Girls who don't want to ‘get their hands dirty’ can help the garden’s ‘Meet and Greet’ team. This may involve selling plants and produce, making visitors welcome, keeping everything clean and tidy and helping with admin or research tasks.

In addition, two of our sixth formers are now volunteering with the Moorpool Heritage Trust in Harborne. The trust owns and manages the community and educational facilities on Harborne’s Moorpool Estate, one of the UK’s most intact garden suburbs founded by Birmingham philanthropists at the turn of the twentieth century. The girls are undertaking a variety of tasks relating to the trust’s archive materials and education service, including writing up oral histories provided by elderly residents of the estate.

We also send a group of students every term to volunteer on Wednesday afternoons at St George’s Church of England Primary School on Beaufort Road in Edgbaston. The girls work with children on a one-to-one basis, helping them with their reading development and encouraging a love of reading.

Another group of sixth formers volunteer at two local care homes for the elderly in Edgbaston at both the Sunrise Senior Living and the Beaumont Care Home. The girls interact with the elderly residents, chatting, reading to them, and helping them with craft and leisure activities.

We strongly believe that our links with local organisations are mutually beneficial. The volunteering opportunities enable our sixth formers to make a contribution to their local community and provide valuable work experience for those aiming for a career in medicine, teaching and other caring professions. On the other side of the coin, local schools, care homes and charities really value the contribution our sixth formers can make and we have received very positive feedback from the local organisations we work with:

 'The children have really enjoyed having the girls read with them.  It is such a positive experience for all involved.'

'We do so enjoy having your girls here, the residents love to see them.'

'They are really lovely girls and seemed very interested in the history of Moor Pool.'

Ms Graham
Deputy Head, Sixth Form

 

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