School Councils or Student Parliaments are a great opportunity for students to gain experience of working as a team, making decisions and affecting change.
On Friday, Cynffig Comprehensive School held elections for their new Student Parliament, and on Monday, the successful students took part in a training day to prepare them for their new role. Apollo Teaching Services have been involved in the training day for a number of years and were very happy to be asked back again this year.
Sophie and Jon led a session that encouraged students to imagine a new menu for the school canteen. The pupils had to come up with two potential main courses and two desserts, but the emphasis was on thinking of valid reasons for their choices. In their groups of five, the children then had to present their ideas to the rest of the group, and vote on a winner.
All of the children were polite, enthusiastic and engaged with the task – the incentive of a box of chocolates for the winner might have helped! The end results from every group was a thoughtful, well balanced menu that considered all food groups, potential allergies and was presented confidently and clearly. Some groups even moved on to discuss the logistics of why a café run by the Sixth Form could provide work experience as well as healthy food.
Both Sophie and Jon thoroughly enjoyed taking the session and spending time with the children. From everyone at Apollo, we’d like to wish the current Student Parliament lots of luck for their year in office, and we look forward to seeing your successors next year.