NCS – National Citizen Service
NCS is a way for 15 to 17 year olds living in England to make extraordinary friendships, learn the skills they don’t teach you in class and create unforgettable memories. So far, 300,000 young people have had the experience of a lifetime taking part and graduating from the NCS programme.
How is it beneficial?
NCS breaks down barriers for young people. It helps them interact with a wider community, builds their confidence and helps young people face their fears. It gives them something to be proud of and an opportunity they shouldn’t miss out on!
What does it involve?
NCS is split into 4 phases:
• Phase 1 – the Challenge & Adventure phase
Away Residential. Young people go away on a 4 night residential and part-take in adrenaline filled activities such as rock climbing, caving, gorge walking. They will face various personal challenges & create new friendships.
• Phase 2 – the independent living & skills phase
Home Residential. In their groups, young people will stay in a local uni-like accommodation for 4 nights, learning new life & work skills, and part-taking in many interactive workshops, challenges & team-building activities.
• Phase 3 – to plan & deliver a social action within your local community
This phase is split into 2 weeks. The first week for Social Action Planning, and the second for Social Action Delivery. Young people will complete 60 hours across the 2 weeks, creating and delivering a project, to support their local community.
• Phase 4 – to celebrate their achievements
Graduation. This is where young people reunite, for an evening of celebration, to celebrate their individual, and group, achievements. It is a time to showcase their NCS journey, and for how the young people can continue their NCS experience.
How much does it cost?
NCS is a government funded scheme, so thanks to this, the most you will ever pay for the NCS experience is £50. Keep an eye out for any promotions on NCSELFTRUST.CO.UK or Twitter @HymersCommunity
How do I get involved?
For more information, please come and visit the NCS office which is based opposite the canteen.
Alternatively, telephone: 01482 347440, email: email@example.com or tweet @HymersCommunity
Community & Charity Activities
The school places great value on its links with the local community which allows students to undertake activities ranging from helping in local primary schools to compiling Christmas parcels for the elderly and those in need. The school encourages involvement in charity fundraising and pupils get involved with enthusiasm. Activities range from non-uniform days, attendance at local events such as the Humber Bridge Fun Run, and the organisation of charity concerts. Every Christmas, each tutor group in the school provides food items for over 100 hampers which are then delivered by our Sixth Form students to pensioners throughout the City of Hull and for over 20 years, the school has provided lunch for a small group of pensioners once a week, and more importantly, the opportunity for them to chat to members of the Sixth Form.
The Leadership for Life Award
The Leadership for Life Award is a unique and innovative approach to personal development that brings together young people from different social, religious and cultural backgrounds, to train and support them as they plan and deliver a community-based project.
Selected participants from Year 10 will attend a 5 day course run by The Dove Nest group at Leeds University’s Selside Outdoor Centre. Here they will acquire skills and confidence that will help them work together for between four and seven months to complete a project in their local community.
Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is very popular at the school. Approximately half of Year 10 start the scheme at Bronze level, and numbers moving into Silver and Gold levels have increased steadily.
As part of the Service Section, approximately 30 students obtain the Young Lifesavers Certificate. Other participants can be found helping in old people’s homes, in charity shops, at the Children’s University and in many other activities. The Expedition Section is enjoyed by all participants. Expeditions at Bronze and Silver levels are carried out in the Yorkshire Wolds and at Gold level on the North Yorkshire Moors.
Army Cadet Force
Hymers College Army Cadet Force Detachment first paraded in its current form in 1992. It can trace its roots back to 1894 through a series of guises from Combined Cadet Force (CCF) to Officer Training Corps (OTC). Originally the Corps was affiliated to the East Yorkshire Regiment, but is now proud to wear the badge of the Royal Logistics Corps with whom it has close links.
The Detachment parades on Thursday evenings from 17:30 to 19:30, with regular weekends and annual camp. The Cadets undertake a full range of military training from skill at arms to first aid and from field craft to community service.