The Vision Conference is a chance for our young leaders to speak about their thoughts, ideals, ideas and how they ‘fit in’ to their community and the wider society. It is a chance for us to all explore 45 voices at this crucial time in their lives.
This is a very ‘open’ format for our student council members. There is not just one question that everyone is addressing or trying to find the answer to. The shape of their ideas and what they want to say can be up to each individual and what ideas they would like to bring to Conference.
Council members will be working with four individuals from different areas across society – the Arts, Politics, Faith and Wellbeing services. All pupils will share an hour with these guests to explore how society is shaping their own areas, their lives and how they are changing to challenge or reflect these changes.
There is, again, a very open format to these ‘workshops’, depending upon how the leader wishes to run the session. It could be a simple question and answer scenario, where pupils can ask questions and engage in debate. There could be practical activities or writing exercises. The principle behind each session though is that the pupils get a glimpse into this sector of society and then, in turn, considers these ideas and issues and applies it to their own ideas and journey. During and after each session, pupils will write down what thoughts they have had and consider how this will impact their speech.
The pupils will set up and be part of the Vision Conference, held at St Thomas More. The speeches will be for friends, family, staff, governors and guests. These will be recorded and all speeches will be kept as part of the process so that the school has a record of our pupil voice. We want to gain an understanding of the issues important to the student council, and what it is they would like to change about the world around them.
Possible questions to shape thought:
- What is important to you?
- What matters to you?
- Who is important to you and why?
- What is your community like?
- What are your ambitions?
- Blue sky thinking – what should the world and Britain be like?
- Who or what influences you?
- What stories in the media affect you?
- Is technology a good thing?
- How can we make change happen?
- What would we want to see change and why?
- How do you think society looks at young people today?