National Citizenship Foundation
First All Island Mock Trial Competition; an enrichment opportunity for young people interested in a career in Law and Criminology
This event has been many months in the planning and saw the first mock trial competition take place on the island. It is hoped that it will become an annual event and a longer term objective is to see Island youngsters participate in the Citizenship Foundation National Competition. The event was the brainchild of this year’s High Sheriff, Nick Hayward and he commissioned a trophy from Rouse Ltd made of island glass and oak to be presented to the winning team.
Sandown’s team was a mixed age group made up of years 10 to 13, involving year 10 students who study the full Citizenship course with Miss Godfrey and members of the Amnesty group and year 12 and 13 students, some of whom study Law and or Citizenship. The students have been preparing for the event in lunch times, after school and in sixth form enrichment sessions and the student leadership offered by the sixth form was evident throughout. The timing of the competition was unfortunate with the final falling on the second Saturday of half term ( Ryde and Priory had half term holiday the week before and when the dates were set months ago, we had all assumed that half term was the same week for all schools). However, faced with the extra challenge of this, the students remained fully committed, even coming in during half term for the final rehearsal. Towards the end, Lucy Cunnington took the initiative in co-ordinating with magistrates and solicitors, inviting them into school for last minute guidance on speeches and protocol, and in particular, her performance on the day drew individual praise from two judges.
It was a long day involving everyone in a fascinating and complex process and all the students will have gained a great deal from this opportunity. In summing up the day, the High Sherriff congratulated the 7 participating teams on a truly impressive performance and the hard work undertaken by all involved. The results of the top three: 3rd Ryde School, 2nd Christ the King and 1st Sandown Bay Academy.
Rachel Spearing, Barrister and Court Junior from the South Eastern area, (responsible for promoting the interests of the Bar) announced an extra prize for members of the winning team: each will be given the chance to shadow a barrister for a day.
Also, we believe that the winning team now has the chance to be entered into the National Trial, held at the Old Bailey, and we are looking into the possibility of this.
Congratulations to the team members:
Thanks to Paul Thatcher for coming to take photos on the day.
Mrs Bradshaw and Miss Godfrey