High Sheriff visits Ashlawn School pupils to talk about how important young people are to the community
Students at Ashlawn School said they were delighted to receive a visit from the High Sheriff of Warwickshire, Simon Miesegaes.
After a guided tour from head students Adam and Gabrielle, Mr Miesegaes led a special assembly where he spoke about his role in the county.
From his duty to act as the Queen’s representative in Warwickshire for all matters relating to the judiciary and maintaining law and order, to his extensive charity and community work, Mr Miesegaes covered all aspects of daily life as the High Sheriff.
Speaking in depth about the importance of respect for the rule of law, Mr Miesegaes praised Ashlawn School’s work to promote Fundamental British Values across the school, with topics also including democracy, individual liberty, tolerance and acceptance.
During his discussion, the High Sheriff also spoke to the students about the important role young people can play in supporting others, making the community a better place.
For example, Kissing it Better is a charity which aims to make a difference to older, vulnerable people in hospitals, care homes and the community.
Through various volunteering projects, young people are given a framework to use their talents to light up the day for older people, through music, playing board games, or just having a chat.
Mrs Siobhan Evans, principal at Ashlawn School, said: “Our thanks go to the High Sheriff for making the visit such a rewarding and thought-provoking experience for our students.
“At a time when young people are often stereotyped as having a negative impact on local communities, I am proud that our students care deeply about supporting others.
"In particular, our student council have been inspired to contribute to a number of community projects to help our local area.
"It is a valuable opportunity for our students to take on personal responsibilities, caring for others and becoming good British citizens.”