We believe that the children of today are the citizens of tomorrow and that it is important to get them interested in the development of their town, and to listen to their views on how they want the town to be when they are grown up.
To further these ideas, for the last three years we have set a competition for Year Eight students in our local schools to run in conjunction with their Citizenship studies.
Subjects so far have been:-
* “Write an essay on how you would like to see Newcastle Town Centre develop over the next ten years”.
* “Design an Eco-garden in your school grounds, to include a survey as it is now, a plan of the proposed garden and a breakdown of the costs involved.”
* “Produce a scrapbook depicting various aspects of your school.”
We have been delighted in the interest shown by many schools and the enthusiasm and originality shown by the students.
This year, for the first time, we have set a separate competition for pupils at the Special Schools in the area. We look forward to examining their entries in due course.
So far, prizes have been awarded to Sir Thomas Boughey School, Wolstanton High School, St. John Fisher School and Maryhill High School.
The subject set for the 2009 competition will be to devise a project in which the school can become involved with the local community, to their mutual benefit.
We hope that all those schools who have entered before will again compete. We would be particularly pleased to receive entries from any local schools who have not previously participated.