North Shore Academy

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Student Voice Inauguration Ceremony

21st Mar 2018

Student Voice Inauguration Ceremony

North Shore Academy Student Voice Programme:

Student Voice at North Shore Academy is extremely important to us. After introducing the Student Voice programme in October, the engagement from students has been overwhelming. Over 60 students applied to become a Chair of one of our Satellite Groups, which included; Teaching & Learning, Sport, Health & Well-Being, Hospitality, SMSC, Charity and Fundraising and Performing Arts.

Students were shortlisted and participated in a formal interview which gave them an opportunity to appreciate and engage with the challenges of an application and interview process. The successful applicants adopted their roles and received leadership training from their staff mentors and senior leaders in the academy. 8 out of the 12 Chairs and Vice Chairs of Satellite Groups applied for the position of Student Voice President, 4 of which were chosen to undertake the campaign and election process. These 4 students delivered speeches to the entire academy and led their own campaigns over two days. All students and staff members within the academy voted for the candidate that they felt would best represent our students.

The entire process was an engaging and exciting way to teach our students the value of free speech and democracy. The Academy then held its first ever Inauguration Ceremony and had the privilege of special guests attending which included; the Mayor of Stockton, Mr Tarn, CEO of Northern Education Trust, Jim Beall, cabinet member of SBC, Principals and Executive Principals of Northern Education Trust, as well as family members of the candidates. During the ceremony we were pleased to announce our first ever Student Voice President, Leona McMaster, who delivered an inspiring first speech. The unsuccessful candidates were appointed Vice Presidents and formed the Student Voice leadership team. After the ceremony, the new Student Voice team and guests were invited to a cream tea, which was served by the Hospitality Satellite group.

The Mayor stated "The role of Student President is very important as they will be representing all of the students who attend the academy, raising issues on their behalf, and make changes across the academy where they see fit. The four candidates have worked very hard all week to campaign for their vote, and I understand there had been a fantastic response."

The entire academy is extremely proud of all the candidates and, as an academy, we are delighted to see how the Student Voice Programme has allowed students to embrace the process and value of sharing their voice.