As part of ‘Weston Excellence Schools’ we have been offered the chance to be part of Network 17.
Network 17 allows young people to bring about a real change in our school. They research what the school community needs most, put together a project proposal, bid for funding and see their chosen project through to completion. Along the way they develop communication, organisation and team work skills, as well as building confidence and self-esteem.
In previous years Network 17 have not only secured £500 funding from Weston Excellence, but have also raised funds from sponsored events, governors, AFA and the local Lions club. Their funds were used to buy the double decker play bus, scooter ramps and most recently hideaway shelters for playing and quiet reading.
Mrs Driscoll accompanied the group to their first meeting at The Grand Pier where they underwent 3 workshops which included presentation skills and enterprise.
The children had to come up with a ‘Big Idea’ on how to improve something in our school. They chose to improve our reading area in Junction 21. They delivered a presentation to nine other schools and managed to secure £500 towards their idea. They hope to buy some bean bags, a rug and a new bookcase which will be used for a themed reading section and are hoping to make the area more cosy and fun for everyone to use.