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Posted on: November 27th 2018

Bishop's Stortford Pupils Work Together

Pupil councillor group 2

Earlier this month, the Prep School was proud to host the second meeting of the Bishop’s Stortford Pupil Voice Network (BSPVN). We were pleased to welcome representatives from eleven different schools at our Network Meeting #2, as well as individuals from the business community and our very own Deputy Mayor of Bishop’s Stortford, Councillor Holly Drake. Our Senior Pupil Councillors from Year 8 were each asked to work with a team of Pupil Councillors from another school in the BSPVN.

At the meeting we unveiled the new logo for BSPVN. It is a design based on two entries that we received from our Summer Logo Competition. Pupils from Thorley Hill Primary School and Little Hadham won prizes for their winning designs. We are sure you will agree with us that it is bright and colourful, and really captures the theme of our Network.

Pupil Councillor meeting with local schools Local schools in FLT for pupil councillor meeting

Pupils talking at BSPVN meeting in FLT Local pupil speaking up at BSPVN meeting

This term it was agreed that the BSPVN would adopt a Charity Of The Year for 2018/19, and hav-ing considered three very worthy causes, the School and Pupil Councillors democratically voted for one winner – The Animal Rescue Centre in Bishop’s Stortford. Along with many other School Councils in our area, the Pupil Councillors from Bishop’s Stortford College Prep School will organise one fundraising event this year in aid of ARC. More news to follow in the New Year.

The second meeting welcomed representatives from 11 different schools as well as individuals from the business community and Deputy Mayor of Bishop’s Stortford, Councillor Holly Drake. During the meeting, the new logo for BSPVN was unveiled, the design for which was based on entries received in their Logo Competition. Pupils from Thorley Hill Primary School and Little Hadham’s School Councils won prizes of £100 and £20 respectively for their contributions to the final design. The colour scheme of the logo was inspired by the different school uniforms represented in the BSPVN.

Another highlight of the afternoon was the presentation we were given by Mr Mark Prisk (MP). He sent us a six-minute video message, in which he congratulated each Pupil Council on the work that they are doing in the community. He talked about the skills required of someone in leader-ship and he also emphasised the importance of listening carefully when someone speaks to you. This video will be shared with all of the pupils in the Prep School when form groups hold their Pupil Council Forums this week and next week.

After presenting certificates to the new members of the Network, we were pleased to welcome Mrs Hayward – a parent of a pupil in L3JK and a senior member of staff at H.S Samuel and Ernest Jones. She talked to the children about prioritisation and time management. Lots of the Bishop’s Stortford Pupil Council representatives were interested to learn about her idea for colour coding ideas when they are presented to the Senior Management Team.

Following the event, the feedback has been extremely positive and it has been agreed to hold BSPVN #3 in March 2019. We look forward to seeing even more young people getting together to celebrate the Pupil Voice in Bishop’s Stortford later in the New Year.

Mrs Towns, Mrs Davey and Miss Drury (Pupil Council Team at Bishop’s Stortford College Prep School)