Pupil Power

Members of the “Pupil Power” committee have working diligently recently trying to think of different ways to emphasise children’s rights to their peers, parents and teachers/ Under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, every child has these rights irrespective of their economic background or where they live. One of the committee’s events at the moment is a sponsored silence in order to raise money for the Lumos Foundation.

 

This charity aims to offer humanitarian support to orphaned children and young people in the Ukraine, Czech Republic and Ethiopia. This charity was chosen as it links well with Article 8 of the Convention which states that governments should respect a child’s right to a name, nationality and family. It is also appropriate as it’s relevant to Article 21 which talks about a child’s right to live in the most suitable place for them if they cannot live with their parents.

 

We wish the pupils well with their sponsored silence (which will be quite a challenge for a few members of the group!)

 

Accepting that everybody’s different

By now, a name has been chosen for the school’s LGBT+ committee - “Derbyn” (the Welsh word for “Accept”). This name was chosen by the pupils who felt strongly that everybody needs to accept that everybody is different and unique. A group member from Year 10 also created a brand new logo which represents the colours of the rainbow (which is the symbol of the LGBT+ community internationally).  

 

 

At the end of April, a representative from the charity “Just Like Us”, Ffion Lewis, visited the school to talk to the member of the “Derbyn” committee. “Just Like Us” is a charity which trains university students to visit schools to discuss their experiences of growing up as an LGBT+ person. Ffion talked about her personal experiences, providing sensible advice to anybody coming to terms with their sexual orientation.

 

Children’s Rights Ambassadors

A huge congratulations to David Ingham from Year 7 and India Matthews from Year 8 on being selected to members of the Children’s Commissioner’s Advisory Panel. The Advisory Panel gives children and young people the opportunity to express their opinions and offer advice to Professor Sally Holland, the Children’s Commissioner, on issues which affect their lives.

 

Only 15 pupils aged 11 to 18 years from the length and breadth of Wales are chosen to be members of this Panel. 110 applications were made to be included on the Panel which makes David and India’s achievement all the more remarkable. We wish them both well as they work with the Commissioner over the next two years.

 

The Cwtsh App launch

At the end of April, a group of Year 12 pupils visited the Waterfront Museum in Swansea for the launch of a new Welsh-medium meditation app. The app promotes mindfulness and positive mental health.

 

Students were given an opportunity to meditate with Laura Karadog and it was wonderful to see such a useful resource being created in the Welsh language. The app can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store.