ALMOST 200 Year Six pupils from Torbay primary schools were presented with their Torbay Civic Award certificates.
Cllr Julien Parrott, chairman of Torbay Council, presented the awards at the annual Torbay Civic Award presentation night, held at Centenary Hall, Torquay Boys' Grammar School.
Children from St Marychurch, Shiphay, Cockington, White Rock, Torre, Priory, Warberry, Homelands, Hayes, The Abbey School, Sacred Heart, and Collaton St Mary primary schools all took part in the scheme which is growing every year.
The award was started in Torbay seven years ago by Karen Thomson, deputy headteacher at St Marychurch and previous advanced skills teacher for citizenship for Torbay.
It aims to encourage citizenship among 10 and 11 year olds in primary schools.
To achieve the award, young people demonstrate public service in their schools and neighbourhoods and show they had they had met outdoor challenges during a residential experience.
They have to show dedication to hobbies, adopt a cause or charity they feet strongly about and find ways to support it.
The children also passed an assessment when they had to present all this evidence to an external assessor.
Some of the ways in which the children participated in their school communities included peer mediation, play leaders for younger children, school councillors and reading buddies.
Acts of active citizenship in their local communities included helping neighbours, litter-picking, fundraising for local charities including Rowcroft Hospice, participating in community events and beach cleans.
The children adopted a range of charities including Brain Waves, Cancer Research, Bristol Children's Hospital and Help for Heroes.
Many were inspired to support these because of events in their own lives and organised cake sales, football penalty shoot outs and other sponsored events to raise money for their chosen charities.
Sixth form International Baccalaureate students at Torquay Boys' Grammar School managed the event, supporting with sound, lighting and ICT.
It is hoped to extend the scheme to even more primary schools in Torbay next year.
Schools wishing to participate should contact Karen Thomson at St Marychurch Church of England Primary. The 2013-14 launch will take place in October.