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Ashfield school wins Dragon's Den showdown to promote community safety


Teenagers from an Ashfield school have won £1,000 for their school for their campaign to promote emotional wellbeing and community safety at a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style competition last week (Friday 20 April).

The ‘Dragons Den Style 9’ competition, which took place at Annesley Woodhouse’s Acacia Centre, encouraged pupils to hone their creative skills by working on a campaign or performance on the theme of culture and bringing communities together.

The competition is funded by Nottinghamshire County Council and Spirit 2012, and the judging panel was made up of representatives from the County Council, Ashfield District Council, the Youth Commission, YoungMinds, Mighty Creatives, and Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping.

Holgate Academy won the £1,000 first prize for their ‘Push’ fun run, which will have a Shakespeare theme promoting young people’s mental health issues.

The run is due to take place at Titchfield Park, Hucknall, and pupils liaised with Ashfield District Council on the venue along with Tesco as a sponsor and YoungMinds mental health charity, which will benefit from the money raised.

Kirkby College won the students’ choice prize of £500 for an interactive jigsaw with a ‘Romeo and Juliet’ theme which explores the issue of arranged marriages.

The jigsaw will be displayed at the regional art event ‘Emerge’ led by The Mighty Creatives at the Old Library, Palace Theatre and Mansfield Museum in Mansfield on Saturday (21 April).

Quarrydale Academy also took part in the competition and presented their ‘TIARA’ project, which was commended for its strong royal-themed branding by the judging panel.

The schools have been working with young artists using issues from the learning of Shakespeare on artwork for their campaign and the prize money is to be spent on community safety education projects.

This is the ninth year that the Dragon Den-style project has been running in Ashfield and it has won two national awards as a method of teaching young people about safety.

Councillor Gordon Wheeler, Vice-Chair of the County Council’s Communities and Place Committee, said: “Holgate Academy really went the extra mile by making links with their local council and a sponsor to make their event happen.

“It’s this kind of practical learning that enables young people to develop their skills for their future career aspirations and gain a greater understanding of the themes explored.“

Paddy Tipping said: “The visual arts, particularly dance and drama, are a brilliant way of getting serious messages across and I applaud the young people involved in DD9 for the innovative way they’ve tackled these difficult issues.

“Policing needs fresh ideas to maintain young people’s interest in crime and the safety issues affecting their areas and these youngsters have once again shown us how effective they can be at communicating complex problems and engaging an audience as well as bringing people together.

“The entries were very powerful and I’m sure they have left a lasting impact on everyone who attended this event.”




Posted on Wednesday 25th April 2018
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