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The aim of the Community Service (CS) organisation is to involve our pupils in activities outside the School, to encourage them to meet people who live in often very different circumstances from their own, to make them aware of the needs and qualities of others and in turn to encourage them to share their own qualities with others. CS is a very popular activity and those pupils who get involved provide around 4,000 combined hours of community volunteering every year.
One of the strengths and positive aspects of CS at Uppingham is that it is run jointly by a committee of pupils supported by staff. The committee has to work together, organise the major events, and work alongside staff in the day-to-day running of the organisation. They also have to display qualities of care, true commitment and leadership in the administration and supervision of the activities.
Community Service has been an alternative to the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) for about thirty years and is offered in the Lower Sixth. Activities are run on Monday afternoons, at the same time as the CCF, except for one or two smaller options.
The options are not always easy, some are indeed very challenging, but we never ask anyone to persevere with an activity with which he or she genuinely cannot cope. Options are chosen after a meeting at the beginning of the School year and include, for example, visiting elderly people, working in local schools and helping with Riding for the Disabled.
Within the CS programme is an annual Field Day when the School plays host to around 120 primary school children. The day includes activities ranging from music and art, to sport and ICT. Other CS events include chess competitions and concerts, both at the School and further afield.
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