Lions Club legacy donation to reward hardworking Sidmouth College students

(from l to r), Sidmouth College Year 9 students Yan Mercan and Abbie French with Sidmouth College Co

(from l to r), Sidmouth College Year 9 students Yan Mercan and Abbie French with Sidmouth College Co Principal, James Ingham-Hill and Sidmouth Lions Alan Shoesmith, Alex Blyth and Phil Lee. - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth College is once again teaming up with the town’s Lions Club to reward hardworking students through a legacy project.

The Lions launched the Sidmouth College Annual Pledge last year which treated 50 youngsters to an activities day to improve their personal development at Haven Banks Education Centre in Exeter.

The club set up the initiative to mark its 40th anniversary and was launched to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Lions Clubs Internationals formation.

As part of the day, youngsters learnt about team building and leaderships skills through a series of activities including archery and raft building. They then competed in dragon boat races down the River Exe.

The club presented a cheque for £1,126 to the school last week.

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James Ingham-Hill, co-principal of Sidmouth College, said: “Ever since we got back from last year’s successful trip, the younger students have been excited at the opportunity of earning their place on the trip planned for this June. At Sidmouth College we aim to challenge all our fantastic students to consistently perform above expectations, both within and outside the classroom.

“This partnership with the Lions Club enables us to reward a large number of students for their sustained effort.”

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The college has incorporated the project into its praise and reward system to recognise the top 50 year nine students who have consistently performed above and beyond expectations throughout the year.

Mr Ingham-Hill added it was a great opportunity for the college to promote the work of the club.

Alan Shoesmith, former president of the Lions Club, said those who earn a place on the enrichment experience enjoy a challenging day.

He said: “What we wanted to do was design a legacy that would promote youngsters in the Sid Valley. This is designed to challenge year nine students throughout the academic year, with the 50 most successful, having demonstrate throughout the year consistently working above expectation to earn a place on the enrichment project.

“ It’s enriching in as far as it challenge in leading and team building to help in later life. It is a learning curve.”

The students will attend the Haven Bank Education Centre on Thursday, June 7.

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