I don’t want this to sound twee or unremarkable. It can’t be just me that thinks the future of the town is in safe hands. I think the teenagers in Ashbourne are generally well behaved (there are always going to be examples of overenthusiasm but that applies to the adults too) but, more than that, make a positive contribution to the town. You can read the Ashbourne News Telegraph every week and see for yourself. Positive stories about the achievements of our children and young people are spread from front to back page whereas the negative stories are very few and far between. This is unusual; I have never lived in a place where teenagers are so active in adding culturally, in sport and community service. It is a wonderful and significant thing that QEGS students have a representation on Ashbourne Partnership. I know that Sarah Wolfe is passionate about developing the town for all age groups.
It’s not surprising given the schooling system. All children have community service as a requirement at QEGS but its slightly unnecessary as they seem to be involved in so many things anyway. At Speech Day contribution to the local community and local history projects are recognised and rewarded equally to sporting and academic contributions. We have thriving Brownies, Guides, Cubs, Scouts, Beavers, young and successful sporting teams in football, rugby, swimming, tennis, martial arts, and in-line skating (I’m sure there are more) outside of the school system. Events in the town seem to be designed to be friendly to people of all ages and as a result are well attended by all ages.
We have our own bands and theatre groups forming and having success. When I was at school people generally didn’t have the confidence, talent, teaching or support to do this and I think it is fantastic that we recognise, support and celebrate it.