London pupils experience outdoor learning with support of our employee ambassadors
3 April 2019
Our employee ambassador Paul (centre) supports students from Archbishop Tenisons on their Outward Bound expedition
Two colleagues from our Horley office supported students from South London to implement their school values while experiencing adventures in the wild as part of their Outward Bound course.
Our team of ambassadors accompanied 21 pupils, aged between 12 and 13, from Archbishop Tenisons School in Kennington on the five-day residential trip to UK educational charity The Outward Bound Trust’s (OBT) Howtown centre near Ullswater.
OBT helps young people defy their limitations and build their self-confidence through outdoor learning.
Students participated in outdoor activities like gorge walking
During the week, students participated in several outdoor adventures including canoeing, orienteering, gorge walking, an overnight expedition and other teambuilding activities.
Our Communications Officer, and one half of our ambassador team, Dan Brown, said: “I was impressed at the enthusiasm, determination and courage shown by the students. Over the course of the week, it was pleasing to see the students had gained confidence in their own abilities and demonstrated they could work well in teams to complete physically and mentally demanding activities.”
Our employee ambassador Dan (second from left) with members of the Fiennes team after climbing the peaks on their expedition
Clara Waygood, EAL Teacher at Archbishop Tenisons School, said: “It has been a special journey for the students where they’ve pushed themselves and gained so much confidence and interpersonal skills that will set them up for the future, putting key words like ‘resilience’ into reality in a very meaningful way.
“Through SGN, our students have had an invaluable experience and one they will never forget. Thank you, SGN, for your support that is literally changing lives and shaping futures.”
We’ve worked with OBT for several years now and we’ll be supporting another five schools to have challenging, adventurous and safe outdoor experiences during 2019. Our partnership with OBT is important to us as it helps us create sustainable links to schools, provides disadvantaged young people the opportunity to develop new skills and raise aspirations, and gives us an insight into some of the issues faced by the communities we serve.
Lucy Sharma, Corporate Partnerships Lead for OBT, said: “We are incredibly proud of our fantastic partnership with SGN, supporting young people across the UK to access true adventure in the wild and change their lives for the better.
“Not only are their employee ambassadors providing support through our courses in the great outdoors, they are helping young people back at school and beyond in the form of careers support, CV writing workshops and work experience. This involvement is a real testament to SGN’s commitment to their communities, delivering real and longstanding benefit to their school partners.”
Our employee ambassadors Dan and Paul are planning to build on the relationship they’ve established with the pupils at Archbishop Tenisons by organising sessions to develop their presentation and communication skills as well as setting up mock interviews to prepare the students for the world of work.
Our Principal Solicitor, and the other half of our ambassador team, Paul Castell, said: “The Archbishop Tenisons students displayed many qualities and characteristics during their OBT course that companies like SGN will be looking for in the future.
“We’re thrilled to be able to continue working with the students through these classroom-based sessions, to build on the foundation of transferable skills and values gained through the outdoor activities and support them in being able to apply these as they approach further education and careers.”
Our ambassadors worked with course instructors to plan activities that would help put the school's CHART values into practice
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