Pupils celebrate Community Card scheme win with trip to LEGOLAND® Windsor

Pupils celebrate Community Card scheme win with trip to LEGOLAND® Windsor

Forty-two excited Year 6 primary school pupils headed off for a day of fun at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort on Friday 30 June – their reward for winning a Community Card scheme, which aims to help prepare youngsters for their autumn transition to secondary school.

The scheme is run each year by the joint Community Safety team for both South Bucks and Chiltern district councils with partners, Thames Valley Police. This year 29 schools took part in the scheme which started in April and ended on 19 June.

Pupils collect up to 24 different stickers by completing various challenges and tasks, or by attending an event. Topics cover money management, cyber safety, personal and road safety, healthy living, environmental issues, sport and wellbeing. Winners are the classes whose pupils collect the highest average number of stickers.

Top of the classes this year were Chalfont Valley E-ACT Primary Academy, Little Chalfont and St Peter’s Church of England Primary School, Burnham.

And runners up were:
Y6 Brushwood Junior School, Chesham, who win a trip to The Climb at Chiltern Pools, Amersham
Y6 Farnham Common Junior School, winning family swim passes to Chiltern Pools.

Joining the lucky winning schoolchildren on their day trip were local PCSOs Hannah White and Jen Shraga from Chiltern and Angela O’Connell and Paul Austin from South Bucks.

Cllr Nigel Shepherd, Chairman of Chiltern District Council dropped by as pupils from Chalfont Valley set off for their day out to wish them well.

Cllr Kelly said: “This scheme has been running for many years with great success. It’s quite demanding and winning is a real achievement. These youngsters have well and truly earned a day out, which couldn’t happen without the fantastic support, once again, from LEGOLAND® Windsor.”

Cllr Shepherd said: “I applaud the effort and commitment shown by all pupils from the 29 schools which participated in the scheme. We try to make this a really fun way to learn serious life lessons – it seems to be a formula that works very well.”

Here’s what the pupils has to say about the Community Card scheme:

Chalfont Valley E-ACT Primary Academy 

From Community Cards I have learnt….
‘To never take loans from a loan shark or I would be in serious debt. When the police came in they made me learn the importance of road safety and severity of knife crime. Intergenerational was when we discussed dementia and I learnt how to help people with it.’

From Community Cards I have ….

‘Discovered a lot of new things. I learnt about fires, like how a fire could start. Another thing that I found out was what loan sharks did and if I hadn’t learnt it now, I might have never known and later made that mistake! I am glad I participated in Community Cards because I have learnt new, exciting things.’

St Peter’s C of E Primary School
From Community Cards I have learnt….

‘Many key skills and how to be a better person/citizen.  It has given me a clear insight to the world outside and has prepared me for it.  For example I have learnt how to be safe on the internet, what to do in a fire, encouraging me to eat healthier and have a better understanding of the value of money than I did before. The Community Card Scheme has taught me so much and has equipped me for life.’

From Community Cards I have ….

‘gained a lot of knowledge on how to keep safe in the real and online world which I know will really benefit me in the future!

I have also learnt a lot more about managing my money and being a better citizen! So overall I have learnt so much from the Community Card Scheme.’