Your article: Woldgate welcomes new British citizens

The East Riding of Yorkshire Citizenship Ceremony
The East Riding of Yorkshire Citizenship Ceremony

Woldgate College was proud to host the East Riding of Yorkshire Citizenship Ceremony.

During the ceremony, in the school hall, 14 individuals originally hailing from countries such as Poland, the USA, Pakistan, India, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates became British citizens.

As part of the official proceedings, the new citizens took a public pledge and swore an oath of allegiance to the Crown in front of an audience of family, staff and students.

They then received their citizenship certificates as proof of their new legal status.

The ceremony was presided over by a number of dignitaries, including the Lord-Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire, the Hon. Mrs. Susan Cunliffe-Lister, the High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire, Mr Stephen Larard, the chairman of East Riding Council, councillor Claude Mole, the Mayor of Pocklington, councillor Ann Cox and the head of community safety at Humberside Police, Abdul Khan.

Woldgate students and staff were keen to give the new citizens the best possible welcome and worked hard over a number of weeks to put together a symbolic and enjoyable evening of food and entertainment.

The evening included music from the school orchestra, a British-themed buffet prepared by Food Technology students, and a reception after the event organised by the students themselves.

In particular, many students participated in a poetry competition on the theme of ‘Being British’. The two winners of the poetry competition read their poem in front of the assembled dignitaries and citizens.

Paul Barrett, Head of the Citizenship at Woldgate, said: “There has always been a strong sense of community between students and staff at Woldgate. During weekly Citizenship lessons, students of all ages build on this solid foundation to understand the complexity, political and social issues of the wider, national community and how to participate effectively within it.

“Events like the Citizenship Ceremony help our students to directly experience the workings of the national community and reflect upon their own roles within it. I am very grateful to East Riding Council for inviting Woldgate College to host the ceremony and give our students this opportunity.”