Outside School: Scouts and Guides

On Wednesday 11th November our students and staff came together for our annual Remembrance Service by the St Piran’s Cross.

The memorial was attended by a huge turnout of students representing a range of Scout, Guide and Cadet groups, proving these movements are still strong in their local communities.

The service was also attended by Mrs Gouldsmith, Mr Johnson and Miss Potter, who help run Scouts and Guides groups outside of school, giving up their own time to give young people incredible opportunities they may otherwise not have.

So what do they do, and why do they do it..?

Mr Johnson (English Teacher)

I’m with 1st Sticker Scouts and I’ve been a leader there for 11 years now, working with the Scouts who are 10-14 years old. I joined Sticker as a Cub of 8 years old and have been with the group ever since (that’s 20 years and counting!)

I do it because it gives young people the opportunities to take part in fantastic and adventurous activities. It helps develop a side of young people that goes beyond what we do in school. It also allows them to have experiences that develop them as people. They will do things which stay with them for life. I volunteer because of the difference it makes to their lives. I also volunteer because of the opportunities that it provides; in Scouting I have abseiled, rock-climbed, canoed, kayaked, zorbed and many many more things!

Read more about joining the Scout Movement here.

Mrs Gouldsmith (Pastoral Manager)

I have been a Leader in Guiding for over 30 years and it has enabled me to travel the world with visits to Mexico, Romania, Switzerland and Germany. During that time I have run Guides in St Austell and Mevagissey, and Rangers and Rainbows in St Austell. I am currently the Guider at Gorran Rainbows, who are aged 5-7 years. We currently have eight girls, with four due to join us at Christmas. I am also joint District Commissioner for St Austell Polkyth District. Over the years I have been the County and South West Region Young Leader Adviser and Division Adviser for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. I am currently on the County Training team, running sessions for Guiders throughout the County and specialising in Safe Space and Safeguarding.

I strongly believe in the ethos of Guiding which is based on Five Essentials: care of the individual, following a varied and balanced programme, working in small groups, self government and a commitment to a common standard – our Promise. The vision of Girlguiding is to have an equal world where all girls can make a positive difference, be happy, safe and fulfil their potential. Guiding provides a platform for fun, friendship, challenge and adventure, empowering girls to find their voice, inspiring them to discover the best in themselves and to make a positive difference to their community.

Read more about Girlguiding here.

Miss Potter (Peninsula SCITT Coordinator)

I am a Beaver and Scout Leader at 1st St Austell Scout Group, based in Robartes Place, St Austell. I became a Scout Leader when I was 18 and helped at Beavers as a Young Leader before that for my Duke of Edinburgh Service. I’ve been a Scout Leader for 10 years.

I do it because I benefited myself as a young person from Scouts, joining when I was 10. Through Scouts I have had the opportunity to experience many new things, including attending two World Scout Jamborees (very large international events that take place every 4 years); one in Britain and one in Sweden. An involvement in Scouting links me with my community and, when I moved away from home for the first time, joining a Scout group gave me a network of fellow Scouters within the area and helped me to settle in a new place and get involved in community events.

I became a Leader because Scout groups can only run if adults volunteer and I wanted to enable other young people to benefit from Scouting as I did, and continue to do. Also Weekly Troop meetings, Camps and Weekend Events can be as much fun as a Leader as they are for a Beaver, Cub, Scout or Explorer.

At the moment four of my Scouts are Penrice Students and it was lovely to see my Scouts smartly and proudly wearing their uniform in school on Remembrance Day.

Read about our Remembrance Service here and see pictures in our gallery.