Bloomfield was represented at a meeting of the East Belfast Area Learning Community (EBALC) by Rachel S (Head of School Council) and Lucy K (Head of Pupil Communication).
Strathearn School hosted the day of discussions and activities attended by members of the school councils of Campbell College, Ashfield Girls School, Ashfield Boys School, Lagan College, Mitchell House School, Tor Bank School, Park School, Strathearn School, Our Lady and St Patrick’s College Knock and, of course, Bloomfield Collegiate.
The morning session of the event consisted of icebreaker activities and brief presentations made by the representatives from each school about the operation and nomination process of their school councils, as well as a brief overview of an issue they have been discussing this school year.
Pupils were then split into three mixed groups and participated in a leadership course run by the CCF which included various activities encouraging teamwork and communication.
In the afternoon session, representatives were again split into three groups and were given a topic each to discuss a potential joint initiative. One group discussed sustainability in our schools, another talked about pupil wellbeing and the last considered a joint charitable endeavour.
Each group fed back to the wider pupil body and each proposal will be put to the principals of the respective EBALC schools when they meet at the end of this calendar year with the aim of one selected scheme to begin in January 2023.
Overall, it was a hugely informative experience, allowing the Bloomfield pupils to see how other schools approach the issue of a pupil voice in their operation, and have come back with plenty of new ideas to propose to Bloomfield’s Student Council.
We thank Strathearn for their generous hospitality and organisation, Miss Murray for your support and supervision, and all the other pupils and schools in attendance for your friendly collaboration and cooperation.
Reporting by Lucy K