“The Youth of today are the Leaders of Tomorrow”
As we come to an end of our first full term, the Saint Michael’s Student Leadership Team has been working diligently on projects to ensure our college continues to be a very safe, stimulating and successful environment for all students.
Firstly, the Student Leaders are continuing to support our new year 7s in the transition from Primary School to secondary school. This is being led by year 13 student leaders alongside our year 11 prefects who provide weekly sessions and activities during morning registration.
This programme has been running successfully for a number of years and we have really seen the positive impact it has on the students. For this reason, we have decided to roll out a similar programme not only to year 8 but, for the first time to year 9 as well with student leaders in year 12 provide weekly support and delivering presentations on current affairs to year 8 forms and student leaders in year 13 doing the same in year 9 form time. The feedback we have had from this programme so far has been extremely positive and we continue to look for new ways for the upper and lower years to work together as we grow as a college.
The Deputy Head Boy, Derek Obaseki, alongside Victoria Nwaesei, Joint Head Girl have been heading a new cohort of the Saint Michael’s Focus Group. These are students from each year group who have volunteered to represent the interests of students throughout the college. So far the Focus Group has successfully held meetings with the new catering company to voice our opinions and offer suggestions as to how food at lunchtimes could be improved.
Going into the New Year, the Focus Group will be working together on various student voice projects. One of the key aims for the spring term is making ourselves better known and more accessible to the wider college community so that student voice is effective.
This will be done through our exciting new project, which is currently being led by Brian Amorez, who is creating an algorithm that allows students to digitally make suggestions as to the happenings within the college. This innovative project is not only unprecedented in Saint Michael’s history but also celebrates the talents of our students in the Focus Group as well as the Student Leadership Team as a whole.
Written by Derek Obaseki