Year 10 students from Prince Henry’s spent their Timanyane (Global Citizenship) Day in June working with organizations in Otley. The day saw students working on community projects such as dry stone walling, ​working with Chevin Park Rangers, Otley in Bloom, Otley BID, Otley Courthouse, Ashfield Primary School, The Whartons Primary School, St Joseph’s Primary School, Councillor Mick Bradley, the Bridge Church and Otley Rotary Club.

The day saw students digging drainage ditches, repairing steps, building walls, pruning trees and pulling weeds on the Chevin, helping at the Courthouse, creating planters for Otley in Bloom at Courtyard Planters, conducting environmental surveys, helping Otley BID with a disability audit of Otley town centre, working with serval primary schools and helping at Food and Friends Club at the Bridge Church.

“Otley Bid were delighted to work with pupils and staff from Prince Henry’s on the Disabled Access study done in the town. It is a truly thought provoking exercise for abled bodied young people to experience what it is like to live with disability.  It is an experience that will no doubt lead to many discussions in the coming weeks and hopefully lead to a few changes around Otley." Said Steph Lee, Chair, Otley BID.

“Our links with the community are very important to us and we always try to impress on our students that global citizenship begins at home. Many of our students already volunteer locally and this day really helps us develop their sense of citizenship. Our students enjoy the opportunity to learn more about the place in which they live and the people they share it with, as well as building their skills and confidence whilst trying something new. We are very pleased that this initiative is growing each year.” Said Georgina Anson, International Co-Ordinator, who organised the day.

You can see a photo gallery from the day here.