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St John's Road, Driffield
East Riding of Yorkshire YO25 6RS

01377 253094

Driffield Church Of England Voluntary Controlled Infant School

Learn to let your light shine

Archbishop's Young Leader's Award


We were honoured that  our Year Two children were  invited to be part of a pilot scheme to take part in The 'Key Stage 1 Archbishop's Young Leaders Award', a programme developed by The Archbishop of York Youth Trust, which is a school-based programme aimed to equip young people with leadership skills and provide opportunities for them to engage with their community and serve others.

The Award comprised of four key areas for the children to work on collaboratively and independently to develop the necessary skills to become a successful Young Leader.

The topics were kindness, perseverance, teamwork and action and the children worked  on mini projects and tasks to address each one, all successfully completing them.

As part of the Kindness element, they considered how leaders need to be kind, taking inspiration from the work of Florence Nightingale and have thought about how easy it can be to demonstrate kindness every day and what an impact this can have on other people. They organised a coffee morning to support Macmillan Nurses which was well attended by people from the local community.

For Perseverance, they studied the lives of people who had showed determination and perseverance, never giving up in achieving their goals. The children really enjoyed the Multi Skills Festival at Driffield Junior School getting to experience a range of different sports and activities, as well as team games and puzzles, several of which they had not experienced before so had to persevere to achieve.

Teamwork was an element where the children showed just how much they 'let their lights shine' and work together with members of their school family to achieve an end goal, having fun while doing so.

To conclude the children had to come up with a Coummunity Action Project  that would demosntrate how well they had developed the skills of leadership. Following a visit to the local Foodbank to deliver goods collected as part of Ourr harvest Festival, a group of children asked if they could organise an event to support the families accessing the Foodbank at Chirstmas as they felt it was very unfair that lots of families in the local areas would not be getting the same treats as they would. As a result the children planned a Christmas Celebration Day during which they organised a range of activities for the children in school to take part in. In return for participating, they asked everyone to bring donations that could be put together to make up Christmas Hampers. The day was a great success and the children were able to take along almost 50 hampers to the Foodbank to be distributed to local families

This was a great example fo our children really 'letting thier lights shine ' as young leaders and acting as courageous advocates for change, challenging social injustice right on thier doorsteps.

The childrne were presented with their awards at a special service at All Saint's Church in Driffield that they planned theirselves, in front of lots of very proud families and friends as well as the rest of our school.

 Please click on this link to see the fantastic work of the children for The Young Leader's Award.

Below shows the Young Leader's at work during the Coffee Morning....

The Coffee morning was something which the children took ownership of and decided to hold to help raise money for Macmillan Nurses as part of the 'Biggest Coffee Morning event' whist engaging with the local community. They sent out invitations and made posters to display the event. 

The children were very proud that their efforts raised a fantastic £350  for such a deserving charity whilst providing an opportunity for local people to get together and enjoy a coffee, chat and a piece of delicious cake

The children were keen to perform 'random acts of kindness' towards adults and children both in and out of school, this allowed them the joy of seeing how their actions can impact on the happiness of others. 

The children used natural resources for inspiration to create what they called 'Perseverance Sticks' these sticks were used as an aide to remind them never to give up despite things something being tricky. 

It prompted lots of discussion about what needs to change and how they can play a part in change. 

They loved learning and performing 'Gracie's Song' which was called 'Small Steps Big Changes'  They performed the song at the Church Service to mark the end of the school year as they think about transition to Driffield Junior School. 

Working as part of a team is a true skill and one that is essential to be an effective Young Leader. The children talked about how they could all bring different individual skills to a task in order for it to be completed as a team - allowing their 'light to shine' while promoting others to also 'let their lights shine brightly'. 

We undertook this project to allow our children the opportunity to see that they can make a difference and they didn't disappoint. 

Our children developed core Leadership skills including team work,
communication, creative thinking and initiative. Whilst being provided with 
practical opportunities for them to practise implementing important skills. 

The award nurtured core character values, such as kindness, compassion and perseverance and provided opportunities for embedding these values in daily life and school culture. It was key in fostering a ‘can do’ attitude, helping shape future aspirations and development of key life skills. Furthermore it allowed the children to let their light shine by encouraging self-awareness and emotional intelligence increasing pupils’ levels of confidence, resilience and empathy.

Well done Year Two!