On 6th February, the West Oxfordshire Community Safety Partnership held its fifth annual ‘Young Persons Have Your Say Day’. Nine of our School Council Representatives from Years 7 to 10 went to the event at Langdale Hall, along with students from four other local schools. We listened to short presentations on community safety work and were then asked to come up with an idea on how we would improve our local area if given a budget of £30,000. Our idea was to try to bridge the gap between teenagers and the elderly, principally by means of an Internet café which we named ‘Intergen’. Together with a PCSO and representatives from local youth community projects such as Base 33, we worked as a team to develop this idea. We then had to present our project to the other schools while being judged by a panel of local police officers and representatives from West Oxfordshire District Council. There was a lot of tension as we waited for the big reveal, but ……. Wood Green came FIRST! We won book vouchers for £150 for the school. It was a really enjoyable day and an amazing experience.
(The picture shows the winning team with Chief Inspector Julian Collinson and District Council Chairman Cllr Norman MacRae MBE.)