Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Democracy and citizenship

I've made two very inspiring and uplifting visits today.

First I was honoured to be invited to visit our neighbouring borough of Halton to speak to the year 9 pupils at the The Heath school about democracy.   The school has been told it is to receive government funding to assist it in modernising its campus and the students were invited to devise campaigns setting out how they wanted their new school to be.  The idea was that the pupils would then vote for their preferred schemes.  The school also rewarded the successful teams with a trip to the cinema, or 10 pin bowling etc. I was very impressed with the passion and commitment the students showed.
Visiting the Heath Technology College in Runcorn

Tonight I was invited to attend the Frodsham Army Cadet Detachment - another inspiring group of youngsters showing confidence, competence and leadership at such a young age.

We had several presentations including on first aid and how to build a basher.  I was challenged with a couple of dad's to be able to replicate what the cadets did.  We also saw the cadets do drill and new cadets join the detachments.

On behalf of the community I thanked the youngsters and their commitment to the detachment and to becoming good citizens, to the adult volunteers who lead the detachments and help the youngsters in their training.  And last, nut not least, the parents who support their children in their ACF activities.