Students gain recognition for their work in community

Bedlingtonshire Community High School students Ryan Shiel and Rayanne Kelly pick up their award at the High Sheriff's Presentation.
Bedlingtonshire Community High School students Ryan Shiel and Rayanne Kelly pick up their award at the High Sheriff's Presentation.

STUDENTS have been presented with a prestigious award for their involvement in the local community.

Pupils at Bedlingtonshire Community High School were honoured for their valuable service to the community, receiving the award from the High Sheriff of Northumberland the Revered Fiona Sample.

The school offers students the chance to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, with the youngsters giving up their free time to support the community.

The High Sheriff, who visited the school to see the students, praised their work and commitment to the local area.

Rev Sample also heard about the work they are doing in support of their trip to South Africa in 2012 where they will work in a community school with Zulu children.

Two students – Rayanne Kelly and Ryan Shiel – picked up the award.

Rayanne, who used her free time working at Seaton Delaval Hall, said: “I really enjoy helping other people and being part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award gives me a chance to volunteer and help others.”

Both are preparing to take part in the school trip to South Africa in June.

Ryan said: “I’m really excited about our South Africa trip.

“I’ll be able to take a lot of the skills I’ve developed with the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and use them when I’m volunteering in South Africa.”

The school’s assistant principal and award leader, Will Close-Ash, said: “We’ve been operating the scheme her for over 20 years.

“We offer our students in Years 10 to 13 the opportunity to take part in the scheme and currently have 30 students taking part in the scheme.”