Youth Forum Meeting: Wednesday 22nd March 2017
Each school that attends the Youth Forum tells the other schools a little about what they have been doing. At our meeting on 22nd March, our representatives, Kai and Erika from Year 6 read out the following:-
"We are looking into providing wrap around care at our school, which means having breakfast and after school clubs, so that parents can leave their children from 8 in the morning till 6 at night. A survey has gone out to assess needs but we have already started a breakfast club at a very reasonable price which has proved extremely popular.
We recently presented a cheque for £357 to EACH in an assembly, which was raised at Christmas performances and by children and staff who didn’t buy presents for each other but made a donation instead.
Recent events include World Book Day when we dressed as book characters, and Parents’ evenings. At the Parents’ evenings, we ran a Book Fair where we earned commission on the books we sold. We did very well and can now choose books worth £180.
Mrs Reynish’s Memorial Garden is coming along nicely. The ground has been cleared and materials and plants ordered, so we look forward to seeing the finished garden.
We really enjoyed helping at the Fabulous Fairtrade Fun Fiesta on 6th March. Unfortunately very few people attended, perhaps because of the terrible weather, but the audience seemed to enjoy the play we performed and Mrs Savage said she had learned something from it! We also performed it during an assembly at our school and the children talked about it for several days afterwards. Hopefully, if we do another event like this, more schools will be involved."
Two of our Year 5 children also came to the Town Hall to raise the flag on Commonwealth Day and it was good to have a few schools represented on such a special occasion. The children especially enjoyed the drink and biscuits afterwards!
We hWe heard about two events which may interest schools:-
A play at Landguard Fort about the “life and very lively times of Philip Thicknesse, Governor of Landguard Fort from 1753-1766” in September/October 2017
The Felixstowe Multicultural Festival in the town centre on Saturday 12th August run by Felixstowe Forward.
The Forum voted to use their £2000 grant from the Town Council on an outdoor cinema event in the summer. Mrs Savage from the Town Council concluded the meeting by congratulating the Forum on receiving a certificate from the High Sheriff in recognition of the positive contribution our group has made to our local community. We were nominated by Stephen Wyatt of the Felixstowe Fairtrade Forum because of the work we did on the recent children’s event held at Level 2.