Our senior prefects along with the elected Associate student governors attended the first full school governors meeting last night to introduce themselves and to report some of the things that we have been doing so far this year.
A summary of what was said is as follows:
- after listening to student feedback from last year we changed the election process so that all who wanted to take part could do so
- each cabinet now has up to 4 reps from each year rather than the 2 from last year
- Miss Richmond awarded Lordships to a few students who had shown tremendous dedication and commitment last year. Their names are on the Parliament noticeboard in reception
- over 40 members of Parliament visited London and had a guided tour around the House of Commons and Lords
- We have achieved our 2nd green flag Eco Schools award!!
- launched a pilot of new recycling bins
- started back up the Eco Team
For the rest of this term we will be:
- collecting all sponsored walk money
- collecting old clothes for the Bag2school scheme
- creating shoe boxes for Christmas
- Organising the next Y7+8 Disco on Oct 22nd
The sun shone on this year’s Parliament trip to visit the House of Commons and The House of Lords. Over 40 members of our school Parliament explored Covent Garden’s bistros and boutiques for lunch before having a guided tour of Westminster. Yet again our representatives blew me away with their knowledge and excellent questions. They also came away with some ideas of their own as to how we run our Parliament. How would you all like to get together as a full Parliament more often through the year to debate issues important to each Cabinet?
Mr Pearsall, Mrs Wool and I would like to thank everyone for being such awesome company for the day. You really are the reason we love doing what we do!! I’d also like to thank everyone for keeping me satisfied with a steady supply of sweets 🙂
PS there’ll be plenty more pics as they are emailed to me
Myself (Connor Mullins), Scott Russell and Louie Lyons have recorded this week’s school podcast. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make this podcast untill the very end, but I hope you still enjoy listning to it. Scott Russell has prepared and edited this podcast with Louie Lyons.
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Connor, Scott and Louis have recorded this week’s podcast.
The Community Cabinet’s Valentine Dance was a huge success! Who knew that there were so many talented dancers in year 7 and 8 who rip up the dance floor?! Well done to Megan, Juliet, Paige and Scott for all their hard work and a big thank you to Mrs James and Mrs Wool who stayed to boogie too.
Local MP Owen Smith met recently with students from Y Pant Comprehensive to hear about their new Student Parliament initiative.
Y Pant Student Parliament was recently set up in a move to improve the democratic process as well as to engage young people in what is happening everyday in their school.
The Student Parliament structure is headed up by the Head Boy and Head Girl in the school, with elected representatives working as Cabinet ‘Ministers’ and ‘Secretaries’ on five different departments. The departments include Environment, Community, Learning and Teaching, Student Support and Health and Fitness. Members meet regularly then feed back information to their year councils and set up groups and action plans.
The Pontypridd MP listened to the students describe the structure of their school Parliament, hearing how they work together to meet shared goals in improving their school.
Speaking after the meeting, Owen Smith said:
“I was really impressed by the thought and effort which has gone into setting up the Student Parliament at Y Pant. I am pleased to support this exciting initiative which involves young people in the democratic process.
“From speaking to the pupils, it sounds like the meetings are just as lively as those in the House of Commons! It really is great to see the students taking part in important decision-making for their school. I’d like to congratulate the students and staff involved in this new scheme and hope to see them again soon to find out how they get on.”
Cabinet representatives from our newly structured school Parliament were treated to a visit from Owen Smith MP for Pontypridd and Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, last Friday. He graciously took time out of his very busy schedule to listen to students and share some advice on how to make our student voice heard.
Pupils were honoured to be given access to the inner sanctum of Mr Powell’s office where they quizzed Mr Smith on the day to day aspects of his job in an informal group setting. Mr Smith was excellent at putting the students at ease and they in turn were impressive in the probing nature of their questions!
It is now hoped that the Parliament can foster free lines of communication throughout the school and that all students feel that their voice is heard and represented. If you have any ideas, see your Form Rep or fill in the ‘Be Heard’ form available on Edmodo. Very many thanks go to Mr Smith and we hope to continue to build links that improve our pupils’ citizenship.
All 5 Cabinets of the new School Parliament met together for the first time yesterday to get to know one another and undergo training to equip them with the tools necessary to ensure our Students’ Voice is heard. Discussions regarding what is appropriate to discuss, setting an agenda and the role and responsibilities of each representative outlined the importance of regular meetings and the communication of all discussions back down the chain, to the individual form groups.
All students at Y Pant have the opportunity to put forward their thoughts and ideas by filling in a ‘Be Heard’ form on Edmodo and sending it, initially, to their year Council for discussion. The Year Council will then decide whether it makes the Cabinet’s Agenda.
The next Year Council meetings will be held the week beginning November the 19th – so get your ideas to your form reps!
Everyone is now in full swing writing their manifestos and canvassing for support in their campaign to become their form representative. Elections will take place in form groups by secret ballot during this week and next. Representative names to your AHoP by Friday Oct 12th. Remember there are House points for every reasonable manifesto written regardless of whether you wish to be considered for election or not.
Thanks to all students who completed the questionnaire. It is going to take a little more time to filter through all the information on the questionnaire and provide complete feedback. I hope to do this just after the half-term break. However, I have completed some initial findings, which are both interesting and encouraging.
We will be using the Pupil Voice exercise to inform our planning in three areas: teaching and learning provision; extra-curricular enrichment opportunities; and communication to students about MAAT issues.
For example, the preferred learning experiences information will be published for the benefit of all staff and will be included in INSET sessions for new staff coming to the school. This way, we hope that you will see more of those experiences that you say are most beneficial to your learning.
Some of the concrete suggestions made – like awarding a certificate for Progress Files – will be put into practice this year. I will let you know of other practical changes produced from this Pupil Voice exercise when the full report is finished.
If you have any further comments or ideas – or if you missed completing the questionnaire due to absence and would like your views heard – please come and see me in Room 77.