This week’s RCCS blog has been written by four of our students. We’ve been involved in a couple of very high profile events over the last few days, so I’m going to let Cally and Amelia (Y11) and Brooke and Owen (Y10) tell you all about them. Be sure to follow the link to the TV clip and the BBC article at the end.
Many thanks to the writers and to everyone involved; we can all be very proud of our pupils.
Public Health Conference
On Friday 9th November, fourteen of us went to the Welsh Public Health Conference to represent the school alongside Y Pant Secondary School. The Conference is an event where issues affecting the Welsh population are discussed in detail. The event ran over two days, the first day was focused around ‘Healthy Planet’ and the day we went, the second day, the main focus was ‘Healthy Wales.’ We were included in the first plenary session, which included hearing opinions from Evie Morgan from Y Pant, Ryan Crowley a history student from Cardiff University and Dr Frank Atherton who is the chief medical officer for Wales. We had to express our opinions on the question ‘What will Wales look like in 50 years time?’. We heard the views of the members of the public and we answered questions from Owain Clarke, a BBC Wales correspondent, expressing our opinions about what we think the environment will look like in 50 years.we also spoke about what we think Wales will look like with the ageing population, and what the society would look like.
We also led a session called “Nothing Without Us” meaning that the future generation are looking to leave Wales for further education, better mental health care and more job opportunities. We set up a debate with two sides, one group arguing to leave Wales and the other side arguing to stay in Wales. We had six main speakers each with a unique topic. These were health, mental health, education, employment, LGBTQ+ and community. We joined with the other school Y Pant and took part in a debate with them and our audience members.
After we had finished our debate we had the chance to go to a separate sessions. We went to “Play” which talked about the differences between when adults went out to play when they were children as against when today’s children now go out to play. We looked at why it has changed so much over the last thirty plus years. Parents are becoming more protective of their children as they now know about the dangers that are going on in the world. But playing is still a vital part of growing up. Children need to go out into the real world to explore and experiment rather than be stuck in the virtual world on their phones.
The event has given us the opportunity to do work experience within the Public Health Department. It’s given us the opportunity to get our views heard- we had over 100 adults listening to us, taking in what we said. The whole experience was terrifying but incredibly rewarding. We all had people coming up to us congratulating us on our panel session and our spotlight session. Therefore we think the adults took our views into perspective and now see that we would like to be included in next year’s conference. We’d love to go back next year and take part in more panels, debates and sessions!
Cally Marshall and Amelia Williams
Fake News, with the BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones
This week we were delighted to have a visit from BBC Technology Correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones. We had an extended assembly in which he explained to us about fake news as part of the “Speakers for Schools” project which our school has enjoyed being part of for a few years. The whole of year 10 listened to him carefully whilst he explained to us all the different ways fake news is spread. After the assembly he took a smaller group of us to a classroom to do a workshop with him which was filmed by a professional BBC crew. The workshop was all about living the role of a TV journalist. We had to make decisions about whether the news was fake or not and whether it could be published to the public or not. If we made a bad decision the consequences were high stakes!
On the Wednesday it was broadcast on the national BBC news and on the Victoria Derbyshire programme. It was exciting to sit and watch ourselves and all our friends. You can read about the day and see the news clip on the BBC website here!
Lots of other pupils in the school will be able to do the iReporter project during lessons over the next few weeks or so, we feel very lucky to have been the ones on TV though!
Brooke Cavan and Owen Muema
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