As we settle back in for a new school year, Student Voice continues to grow as part of the culture of Twynham School. Our School Development Plan, which maps out the priorities for the school in the next three years, includes several plans to make sure that the opinions of students are heard and also to give even greater opportunities for student leadership throughout the school.
This year, we hope to increase the role of Sixth Form within Student Voice. Our Head Boy (Josh Parker) and Head Girl (Bridget Butler) are now chairing the fortnightly meetings of the Student Voice Leadership Team. This group will continue to oversee all Student Voice activities within the school. At the time of writing, they are planning for the first Key Stage 3 Form Rep meetings, which take place soon after October half term. These give an opportunity for Form Reps to gather issues and ideas from their tutor groups and discuss them together. The new table-tennis tables (shown below) came about because of a request from students for more lunchtime activities. We hope for lots more ideas such as this to come to fruition in 2017-18.
Meanwhile, we also hope to grow the role of the Head and Senior Prefects in leading their teams – they are a talented group of young people and could do so much more in their leadership role.
We also hope to develop the role of Principal Student – Sixth Form students who support a particular subject area – this will hopefully give more opportunities for subject mentoring for younger students and perhaps even more clubs/societies linked to subjects.
Finally, we welcome the new Year 10 members to our Student Voice Leadership Team, including the year group they will oversee:
Tom Halliwell & Jayme-Lee Thorne – Year 7
Bea Smailes & Josh Perrett – Year 8
Billy Quillan & Honey Hawkins – Year 9
They will continue to be supported by our fantastic Year 11s – Honor Burgess, James D Bishop, Jamie Payne, Grace Goodyer, Marco Pagnanelli and Molly Watts and some of our Year 12s who have stuck with us.
As always, if you have any great ideas of how you (with our help) could make Twynham even better – let us know! Email us – firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you are 13+, please follow us on Twitter!
The Student Voice Leadership Team