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Volunteers Week: Jasmine

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Hi my name is Jasmine and I’m a year 10 pupil at Kimberley School. I’ve not been volunteering at Erewash Museum very
long and I only usually do 1 hour a week as I am studying for my GCSE’s.

At every parent’s evening I always get the same report as I have done since I was in year 1:

‘Jasmine is an excellent pupil, her class work and homework is good but she is too quiet. Sometimes you don’t know she
is there. She needs to contribute more in class’

I am very shy and after my last parent’s evening my mum said we needed to do something to help me get over my shyness and increase my confidence. Lots of suggestions were made:

Drama club – too scary

Join a sports team – too energetic

Join the chess club – too not cool

Volunteer at the museum – um maybe, um yeah, um why not, ok I could do that.

Although history is not my best subject, as I want to study Chemistry and Maths at A level I enjoy history and see it as
one of my ‘fun’ subjects at school. But as it happens you don’t need to be into history to volunteer at Erewash Museum as I’ve spent most of my time designing and making craft activities for the school holidays, which is a great excuse to pretend you are 10 again and get messy with the glue and glitter!

I’m still not very chatty but at least I’ve taken myself out of my comfort zone and tried something new and it will look great on my university applications and I’m having fun too.


Jasmine portrait

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