Previous Schools Work Team Leader- Nathan Wilson
Nathan Writes…Leaving Homewood after over 4 years it is positive to sit back and reflect on some of our achievements.
It would be correct to say that when the project started there were some who were sceptical about the role, the impact it could have and whether it was really needed. However the relationships built with staff and students have really underpinned all that has been achieved.
School Services at Harvest, Remembrance, Christmas and Easter are a pivotal point in the year. Various Christian Unions, staff prayer groups and monthly supporters prayers have all contributed to this role. The ERS department have have been a key player in this role and some of the work exploring the theology and practical aspects of Christian faith have helped students to gain academically. Of course it is not all about meeting academic potential and mentoring students both individually and in groups has seen some real fruit and young people achieve their full potential as human beings, created in the image of God. We have set up and continue to run the Young Carers drop in and have been successful in funding bids for the group to do activities outside of school time. Working with this group of young people is a real privilege. We have been fortunate to have been asked to support several primary schools with Assemblies too, and for 3 years have now run a transition programme with local yr6 students, this summer visiting 16 schools and talking to over 450 yr6’s.
A Particular highlight has been the residential work that has been possible, a lot of it at Bewl Water Outdoor Centre with a whole range of groups, as well as taking a group of sixth formers to Uganda on a mission trip which was an eye opening experience.
It has been a really exciting time taking this project from its infancy to a place where it is well respected within the school and wider Tenterden community, I look forward in eagerness to seeing where it develops next and will continue to pray, as I hope you do, for the staff and students on Homewood.