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Archbishop Invites York Young Leaders To Bishopthorpe

Thursday 11th July 2013

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, is to welcome four York primary schools –the first local primary schools to complete the Young Leaders Award at Key Stage 2.

Around 150 pupils from Clifton Green, Acomb, Osbaldwick and Archbishop of York Junior School will come to Bishopthorpe Palace on Friday 12 July 2013 accompanied by their teachers.

The Year 5 and 6 pupils will complete six workshops throughout the day.  These include making a clay grotesque model with the York Minster learning team, games on the lawn, making up food hampers to be distributed to local families in need, a rapping workshop with the mascot Archie Bishop, as well as two sessions on leadership run by the Archbishop of York’s Youth Trust.  

The Archbishop said: “The more young people taking part in the Young Leaders Award and actively being the change they want to see, the bigger the positive impact we’ll see across communities in the North of England! Young people are doing amazing things in their communities and I want to encourage them – keep up the good work – you can make a difference!”

Julia Mole, Young Leaders Award Representative said: “Archie Bishop is a brilliant central character with a story similar to many of the young people that the Youth Trust seeks to support.   The Young Leaders Award for Key Stage 2 pupils includes a DVD assembly of Archie B’s story and rap, six lesson packs, an interactive theme song, Youth Trust scrap books, pens, badges and certificates.  We’ve worked incredibly hard on these resources – it’s fantastic to see the transforming effect on pupils, staff, schools and the whole community”.

The Young Leaders Award has been running at Key Stage 3 and 4 since 2011 and there are around 130 schools with just under 11,000 students completing the Awards. 

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About York Minster Activities this Summer

Families can get creative at York Minster this summer while celebrating 2,000 years of history with fun-filled activities every Wednesday during the holidays. Activities include creating a Roman style clay lamp, a bejewelled Viking brooch and a Norman soldier’s helmet.

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