Leadership and Citizenship Week 2012

The theme for 2012 was chosen so that the school could join in with preparations for the world’s greatest festival of sport that was due to come to London later that summer.

With more than 200 Olympic and 170 Paralympic teams arriving in the UK less than three weeks after Leadership and Citizenship Week, staff at the school decided that the 2012 event was a perfect opportunity to celebrate the power sport has in bringing the world together, and organised activities themed around the national World Sports Week taking place at the same time.

The week in focus

The event ran between Monday 25 and Wednesday 27 June and involved activities for Key Stage 3 students, while those from Year 10 carried out their Active Leadership and Citizenship projects.

These projects included a charity food drive, sports coaching sessions, a workshop on cancer research, sessions on autism awareness, healthy living classes and fundraising for Syrian refugees. The aim was that each project should be a true demonstration of the concept of serving and bringing benefit to others, and the feedback received from participating organisations such as the Salvation Army, local primary schools and other community members was extremely positive.

Meanwhile, the main highlight of the Olympic-themed activities was a celebration event where the Year 7 pupils sold paraphernalia they had created about different competing countries at their Global Showcase stalls; the Year 8 girls performed a ‘Nasheed’ and role play they had written in front of the whole school; Year 9 students debated the motion ‘The London Olympics will leave a fantastic legacy for the country and the world’; and a number of KS3 and KS4 students delivered a presentation about the sports coaching sessions they had carried out to local primary schoolchildren as part of Leadership and Citizenship Week.

To read about the projects in detail, view the PDF here.

Thoughts on the week

Commenting on the efforts of the students during Leadership and Citizenship Week 2012, Mufti Hamid, Principal and Chief Executive of TIGHS, said: “The theme of the week echoed the core values that underpin the Olympics and Paralympics – respect, excellence, friendship, courage, determination, inspiration and equality – and our students showed all of these qualities during the activities they undertook. Sport is about so much more than what happens on the pitch or track and taking part in this event gave our students the chance to celebrate all those great things.

Also, as a Humanities College with Leadership as our specialism, we obviously take our Active Leadership and Citizenship Projects very seriously. We believe that the values and beliefs these projects demonstrate to the girls are so important and that by helping others and bringing benefit to them it helps to provide perspective and makes us realise how fortunate some of us are.”

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