NCS Award for Penrice Academy On Friday 13th January, representatives from the National Citizen Service at Cornwall College visited Year 11 students to present Penrice Academy with a plaque in recognition of the support, time and commitment the school has given to the NCS. The National Citizen Service is a voluntary personal and social development programme for students aged 15–17, which enables them to spend four weeks over a summer working on their individualism, confidence, life skills, teamwork and relationship with their local community. Last year, 34 students from Penrice Academy graduated from the programme, which sees those enrolled take on three sections; Adventure, Skills and Social Action. Alex Lamb, NCS Team Leader, spoke to Year 11. He said: “Last year, your peers clocked up over 1000 hours of social action. They took part in action-adventure activities, made new friends and new skills, worked with their local communities and completely changed their lives in just one summer.” “Today we celebrate your school championing and engaging with this programme.” Students who complete the course join a network of over 300,000 graduates around the country. Mr Cardigan, Assistant Principal, said: “We know our Year 11s. We know they love a challenge, adventure, analytics, problem solving, networking – to be pushed out of their comfort zone. That is why the NCS programme is so great and it is a real pleasure to receive this award on behalf of our former students. I dedicate this award to those students and challenge you to do even better this year.” Read more about the NCS here.