On Tuesday, 4th July, Unloc organised and hosted this year’s Student Voice Day. Observers and participants alike commented on the fact that the older students actively mentored younger students throughout the day and that it was a huge highlight. It was an atmosphere of open learning and sharing thoughts and ideas across schools of varying levels in Portsmouth. Throughout the day, the Council of Portsmouth students were greeted by multiple special guests such as the Ken Ellcome (Lord Mayor of Portsmouth), Steve Labedz (Executive Head of Salterns Trust Academy), Andrew James (Previous CoPS Allumni) and Stef Nienaltowski (Director of Shaping Portsmouth).
The theme of the day, which was developed by Council of Portsmouth Students members was, ‘a day at the movies’ and began with an inspirational talk from Ken Ellcome, the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, who talked about his exciting journey to Mayor and opened up to questions from the students. The Lord Mayor commented “When I was at school, students didn’t have a voice. I think it’s great that you do now and I think that more schools should get involved”. This set a solid tone for the development of the day’s activities.
The events throughout the day had a strong focus on recognising the achievements that have been reached by members of the forums from multiple groups. It featured plenty of collaborating between members from different schools and team work was a common theme throughout. The Student Voice Day actively encouraged the growth of aspirations.
Some highlights from the day can be seen below – featuring our highly popular hollywood photo-booth!
Unloc continues to provide opportunities for young people to develop their student voice and to create a generation of highly engaged young people ready to take on the world. For more information, or to sign up for Unloc’s programmes, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.