2017 saw the launch of LACE (Lenzie Academy Community Engagement) the new umbrella term for all pupil activities involving the school and wider community
LACE started by creating an #iwill pledge on the website of the Charity “Step up to Serve”. This charity sponsored by Prince Charles encourages youth social action. Our school pledge is “to encourage as many pupils as possible to work with others and for others”.
LACE then created a twitter feed @LACELenzAc where all #iwill pledge activity is posted and shared with Youthlink Scotland (the Scottish site for #iwill pledges) as well as charities and organisations with whom they have worked.
Lenzie Academy is traditionally known for its involvement with the community and many of the areas that come under the LACE umbrella have existed for many years. However the aim of LACE is to ensure that all wider achievement of pupils is acknowledged and celebrated as our school values of tolerance, respect, compassion and inclusiveness are key to creating an environment where pupils are happy, safe and achieving their potential.
LACE will increasingly become a pupil led organisation as more pupils take on leadership roles throughout the school and engage with each other and with our school, local and global community.
As 2018 is officially Scotland’s year of Young People LACE will be celebrating the role of our young people in the community by having a Big Lunch on 16th June 2018 where pupils who have gained Saltire Awards for volunteering their time to help others will be able to informally share lunch and formally celebrate their success with both their family and the community in which they have volunteered.
Many of our pupils achieve Ascent and Summit Saltire awards before they leave school contributing hundreds of hours to community engagement. Every Saltire Award gained by a Lenzie pupil is valued by LACE as it demonstrates that pupil’s effort to freely and independently engage with their community.