Pupils aim to offer an extra dimension

NEAALM110518B1 - Members of Kimberley school council with Student voice co-ordinator David Sells and Cllr Richard Robinson work together to generate ideas to improve the town
NEAALM110518B1 - Members of Kimberley school council with Student voice co-ordinator David Sells and Cllr Richard Robinson work together to generate ideas to improve the town

A GROUP of students at Kimberley School will be part of a project looking at ways to regenerate the town.

Kimberley councillor Richard Robinson invited the school council on board the project to get fresh ideas from young people and to make the best of social networking sites.

Cllr Robinson said he wanted to use the pupils ‘expertise’ in Facebook and Twitter to reach a wider audience with ideas of how trade can be increased, and to encourage suggestions and opinions off other people.

“They have got a lot of good ideas and they can do a lot on Facebook and Twitter,” he said.

“It’s a great way of communicating with people. The council will be able to reach out to their friends and get ideas of how they can contribute. It’s a great way of communicating. I’m sure they will teach me a thing or two!”

The councillor, re-elected to represent Kimberley at this month’s elections, said children’s opinions should be taken on board more often.

“Youngsters look at things in a different way and it’s a refreshing change from councillors always coming up with the ideas,” he said. “I think they will really help create the vision.”

David Sells, the teacher who runs the school council, said it was a great opportunity for the pupils to do something out in the community rather than in the four walls of the school.

He added: “It will be good for them to work with other agencies such as the council, and no doubt they will have to carry out surveys and talk to Kimberley residents, so there will be many, many benefits.

“It’s good that their opinion is valued and its not just the older adults making the decisions. It’s nice to know they are listened to because they believe their opinion matters.”

The group, made up of Cllr Robinson, two other Kimberley councillors, Andy Cooper and Mary McGuckin, and the school council will hold their first meeting next Tuesday, May 22.

The six students on the school council are Jessica McGuire, Alex Cargill, Lauren Rudd, Daniel Fox, Megan Campbell and Jordan Boast.

The students work to improve the environment in school and organise fundraising days.