Student Voice and Leadership
At Finham Park 2, Student Voice provides our students with an opportunity to make a difference and influence their learning. It creates opportunities for students to participate in different leadership roles in school, engage in learning conversations and have their voice heard. Student Voice personalises learning and in doing so, creates students who are articulate, autonomous but collaborative learners with high meta-cognitive skills, allowing students to strive to achieve their potential, whatever their aim. It is important that our students are at the centre of change in our school and play an active role in order to shape their own learning.
Finham Park 2 is therefore committed to ensuring students fulfil their potential during their life at school. By creating personalised learning opportunities, which all students can become involved in, Student Voice and Student Leadership aim to INSPIRE our learners and leaders of the future:
|Independence – enabling our students to become more independent learners, being more autonomous in all aspects of school life.|
|Nurture ‘Maturity’ and ‘Meta-cognitive skills’ – learning how to work together, become leaders and develop their personal skills, learning to work collaboratively with staff building relationships that are characterised by mutual trust and respect.|
|Social Skills – enabling students to communicate coherently in order to communicate a point of view, lead a presentation, address an audience and create greater interpersonal skills.|
|Participation – enabling students to participate in their own learning and feel a sense of enjoyment in their learning in the classroom and around school as a result of their voice being heard.|
|Instil ‘Confidence’ – enabling students to feel a greater sense of confidence and increased self-esteem and self-awareness in all activities in which they participate.|
|Responsibility – enabling students to become more responsible for self, for their learning and for their behaviour, and in doing so creating role models for others.|
|Engagement – enabling students to increase their engagement in learning in the class room as well as in school life.|
Student Leadership 2017-2018
Students have the opportunity to get involved in a wide range of Leadership activities at Finham Park 2.
Student Ambassadors lead tours for visitors, greet guests as well as get involved in the interview process for new staff. They assist at events such as Open Evening and Parents’ Evenings.
Digital and Robotics Leaders
Our Robotics leaders have had a busy term and have been been involved in local heats of the VEX IQ robotics competition. This also included competing against teams from China! Two of the teams were selected for the national finals and went to a very snowy Telford to compete.
We have also launched D&T Pioneers in the Spring term. D&T Pioneers are our student leaders in D&T who will help to develop new projects for the area, help with displays and supporting other students in lessons. They will also represent the department at events, conduct tours and meet visitors.
Multi Academy Trust Student Leaders
Four students represent Finham Park as MAT SLs. They started after Christmas and have already raised money for Myton Hospice through a Bake Sale and got involved in supporting World Book Day, helping the Library Leaders with collecting donations from WH Smith and raising awareness of the importance of reading.
Junior Leadership Team
Our Head Boy and Head Girl along with their Deputies lead the Junior Leadership Team. They are selected by a nomination, application and interview process. Students from any year group may apply.
This year our JLT have been involved in a wide range of activities including fundraising for:
Children In Need
Macmillan Cancer Support
They have managed to raise over £1200 this year.
The JLT are also involved in welcoming guests to the school, speaking in assemblies, interviewing potential teachers and getting involved in local events such as the clean-up of the Templars pathway.
Library leaders have been working hard to develop Library resources and help stock the Library with the new books that have arrived. Over thirty students volunteer in the library, all of whom have a shift pattern and are being trained to use the library computer package, and in the preparation of new books. They will earn badges based on the number of hours volunteered, and further incredible rewards are also planned!
A group of students are continuing to work on the Global STEM project with Northampton Junior High School in Massachusetts, USA. This includes regular Zoom links with students from the school as they track a boat filled with scientific equipment as it travels on across the Atlantic Ocean.
Other Leadership opportunities.
Students have also been busy leading activities in the Hub, Art, PE, Drama, Mathematics and English. A new Eco Club has started and the Eco Leaders have been busy around the school site.