“Freedom is at the bottom of my priority list
as in school you have all the freedom you need.”
Woodland Academy Trust Pupil, Year 5
Our Trust Pupil Voice groups came together for a fantastic Trust Parliament during a visit to the Bexley Civic Offices on 26 March 2015. The children saw the new design of the building and how the architects had taken the environment into consideration with regard to recycling, solar panels and even a grass roof! The children were keen to hear just how their pupil voice groups fitted into democracy in Britain today.
Bexley Council is a ‘Local Government’ and the children discussed the order of democracy in Britain:
Woodland Academy Trust Pupils’ Parliament
The children joined in activities such as discussing in groups what were their priorities ie freedom, happiness, good health and guessing the origins of all the different images on the Bexley Crest/Coat of Arms. The children were pleased to be asked to present their views on their priorities to Governors of the Trust next month.
The children from each pupil voice group gave presentations around the responsibilities of their groups and it was a delight to see how all the children knew how to keep themselves safe in lots of different ways: online, healthily active, eating the right foods, crossing the road, tackling bullying etc. Mr Powell (Executive Head Teacher for School Improvement) delighted the children with a story of how he was chased by a wild goose whilst cycling to school the day before!
The host, Mrs Tricia Oates, said “The Trust groups which I have seen today are unique as they have worked together in their presentations and helped each other. What a Wow moment!”.
Mrs Barry (Executive Principal) congratulated the children on making the day such a fantastic occasion, along with Mrs Oates for providing the venue and Pabulum for providing the lunches.