On Friday 27th January the pupil council reps from FIII and FIV were lucky enough to be invited to attend , held this year at Prince Henry’s School, Otley. It proved to be a very interesting day and the children engaged enthusiastically with all of the activities.
It began with a welcome to the many different schools attending and an explanation as to why the young people had been asked. Leeds City Council are keen for young people in the area to have a say in the activities which are funded in the area and for youngsters to become engaged in democratic processes.
There were a variety of activities to participate in, involving the young people working together and getting to know each other. The activities ranged from drama games, bush craft, Minecraft and sport. The way Leeds City Council is organised was explained, with reference to the wards and election process, and then the children were asked to participate in a quiz based on what they had learned.
The heart of the day, however, focussed on the youngsters having to debate and agree upon how a fund of £40,000 would be spent to improve life for children in the Leeds area. The youngsters had to listen to each other, put across their view points and come to a collaborative decision. They were also given the opportunity to vote using actual ballot boxes for the activities most important to them as individuals.