Kingsleigh Host Latest Academy Trust Parliamentary Meeting
As featured in the Bournemouth Evening Echo 6th October 2016
Kingsleigh Primary School recently hosted the first Septenary Trust Pupil Parliament meeting. The Parliament is intended to promote collaboration across the Trust, whilst giving pupils from all seven schools an opportunity to meet each other and share ideas for improving their communities.
The Parliament consists of 2 representatives from each of the schools in the Trust, and each representative is chosen from their respective school’s council. The meetings are facilitated by teachers, however the pupils are encouraged to discuss ideas amongst themselves and report back to the whole meeting. They are also tasked with reporting the results of the meetings back to their own schools, using Assemblies and the Trust’s website blog to share the results.
At the most recent meeting, four projects were identified: Litter Picking, Road Safety, Food Banks and Anti-Bullying. Following an extensive discussion on all four ideas, a vote was taken and Litter Picking chosen as the first topic for the Parliament to focus on during the Autumn term. Each school now has the opportunity to develop ideas around this theme, for everyone to contribute towards.
Shannon Lovell and Emma Benfold represented Kingsleigh Primary School at the meeting, and were very much in favour of this project. Emma said:
“The litter outside of the school is not very good, so anything we can do to clean it up will help us and also help our community”.
The meeting was chaired by Leanne Siggens, Reception teacher at Moordown St Johns Primary School who commented:
“The children develop very important life skills by taking part in the Pupil Parliament and we all feel we can make a real difference to our communities by carrying out these projects.”
This group of young people has a great opportunity to make a real difference to lives in their schools and the local community and we are looking forward to them challenging the adults in charge. I am looking forward to these pupils taking me to task if I do not deliver that. Who knows these pupils could well become our councillors and MPs of the future.
On the 22nd of April all the school council members from across the Septenary Trust met together to introduce themselves and to engage in some team building activities.
Here we are playing some games where we all needed to share and take turns to achieve a common goal.
We then talked about how all the schools together could work to improve our local community.
We elected an Academy Trust Parliament to represent the whole of our seven schools.
We look forward to our next meeting.