Why is Citizenship important?

Citizenship helps young people to play an effective role in public life. They learn about rights, responsibilities, the law and democracy.
It encourages respect for people of all nationalities, religions and ethnic identities.

Citizenship aims to give young people a voice with which they can change their world in an appropriate way.

A guide to events going on locally

Click on the image to find out about events you and your family could try out in our area

Sunday, 2 November 2008


Last half term, students throughout the school explored their Rights and Responsibilities in the context of Human Rights. It was the 50th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights, so this was a really topical set of lessons.

Year 7 students explored their new school rules while year 8 created a perfect island with all the things a community would need to make sure that they had full access to their Human Rights.

Year 9 explored how poverty affects people's ability to access their human rights and were very touched by a video from Teachers' TV about child poverty in the US.

If you would like to see this film for yourself,click here

Year 10 students explored the kind of consequences we would face if we didn't have rules to protect us and year 11 looked at how our own behaviour sometimes affects the Human Rights of the people around us.

This half term brings us a new area for inquiry: Identity and Diversity

Tuesday, 9 September 2008


Thank you to year 11 who have taken up the first Giving Nation challenge. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Hopefully, you will set the tone with an amazing effort and enable Maplewell Hall School to do even better than last year.

Saturday, 17 May 2008

Homework Competition

It's Citizenship homework this week. Everyone has a task that asks them to watch, listen to or read a news story over the weekend.

To encourage more of you to do the homework and hand it in I am offering a £5 gift voucher for one lucky person.

All you have to do is click on the comments link at the bottom of this post and leave the message - "I have done my homework". Don't forget to put your name on the message.

Anyone who hands in their homework and has left a comment, will be entered in the draw for the voucher next Friday.

Good Luck

Saturday, 19 April 2008

Giving Nation

Felicity Tyson of The Citizenship Foundation rang to interview Mr Cooper about the school's involvemnt in the Giving Nation scheme. She rang because she was impressed with our work and wanted to hear about what we had been doing and what we were learning from the experience.

Well done to everyone who has helped out with Giving Nation - staff and students and keep up the good work

If you want to see what we have been doing for yourself, click here.

Thursday, 20 March 2008

Year 8 FUNdraising

This term Year 8 have been collecting money and gifts for an orphanage in Nepal. They have organised a school disco and an egg hunt. They have also been collecting much needed things to put in shoe boxes to send to the orphanage.

Thursday, 13 March 2008

Fair Trade

Year 9 are studying how Fair Trade Footballs are transforming lives in Pakistan. They are going to write to all Premier League football teams to raise awareness of the issues discussed in this video from Teachers TV that we watched in class.

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