There were a variety of Voluntary Action (VA) activities taking place over Service Weekend. Most notably, the School’s annual Harvest Party - which sees hundreds of members of the local community visit Oakham for a wonderful afternoon tea of delicious home-made cakes and scrumptious sandwiches! VA students arrange the event, as well as the variety of activities laid on to entertain guests - including Bingo, a raffle and a sing-a-long!
Oakham also hosted a Primary School Day, which this year saw Year 6 pupils from English Martyrs visit for a day.
The VA students also took part in a training day – to ensure they are well equipped to help serve others during their weekly VA activities. “We have set an entire day aside to ‘skill-up’ our students so they are able to make a real difference during their service sessions out in the community,” says Head of Voluntary Action Kevin Beadle. “Most of our service activities see pupils spending considerable amounts of time talking with a wide-range of different community groups. We want them all to get as much out of the time they spend together as possible. The small things really do count - for example, by helping students to be better at reading aloud it means they can read the paper to an elderly person who is no longer able to do so.”