On October 7th, student Adam Picton and his team presented to the Windsor Fellowship, about their year together and what they have learnt from this amazing experience.
The Windsor Fellowship offers opportunities to students every year as part of the UK-US Youth Dialogue Programme which culminates in a trip to America. Adam started his application about a year ago with a lengthy application form. This is a chance for the charity to gather a picture of the students and to see what they could bring to the programme. Next was an interview with a difference – group interviews, group activities and a 1-1 interview where Adam was asked questions based on his application which all went towards the final decision.
After making it through, the students attend weekend seminars focusing on forming a group, examining identity and understanding equality and diversity. The weekends gear the students up for the trip to America in the summer break where they learn more about education and the differences in cultures.
Students expand their knowledge and understanding of global issues whilst taking part in outdoor and camp activities and sharing life with young people from other nations. They also stay with a host family, get involved in community groups, discover their politics, work with young children, discussing issues and developing insights into conflict reduction.
Adam said of his time in the programme, ‘I’ve learnt so much about myself and the world around me. I’m more comfortable with public speaking and communication in general. It has been a great character building experience and one I would recommend to any and everyone.’
Assistant Principal Jeanette Gilbert commented ‘The Windsor Fellowship is an amazing experience for students, developing skills which they wouldn’t otherwise. Learning about different cultures and nations really builds their characters before heading off for their next stage after College. We will be supporting students again this year for the applications.’