In March, ten boys from years 3-5 undertook a training day run by Activenture, a project which uses able bodied teenage volunteers during school holidays to support young people who have physical and non-physical impairments with pursuits such as archery, canoeing, swimming, zip wires, arts and crafts, and other fun activities. During the training session the boys learned about non-verbal communication, including sign language and Makaton; they found out about health issues and characteristics associated with various impairments, including Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Hydrocephalus, Muscular Dystrophy, Epilepsy, Autism and Cystic Fibrosis; they received training in lifting and wheel chair handling; and they appreciated some of the finer points of personal care and how to respond to the needs of others.
The boys were so enthused by their training that some will be volunteering with Activenture during this summer holiday and October half term. This organisation is one of three who benefitted from our fundraising on the Whole School Community Day.
Tonbridge School Community Coordinator: Mike Morrison