Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Council Chairman Gives Students’ Community Project Ideas The Thumbs Up

Year 8 students at Swavesey Village College were given the thumbs up for a range of community project ideas by a Council Chairman last week.

Councillor Tony Orgee, Chairman of South Cambridgeshire District Council, was invited to the college to view a range of ideas for community projects to tackle anti-social behaviour issues such as graffiti, vandalism and gangs of youths hanging around on street corners.

The students worked on the project as part of their English classes, helping them to work in teams to put ideas together, gain experience of presenting them to experts and become more confident about answering questions about their proposals.

Some of the ideas the students developed included creating skate parks, opening up community centres for activities such as skating and even launching a touring youth bus to visit the local villages.

Katie Dennis, English teacher at Swavesey Village College, said: “It was great for the students to have their work looked at by people who see this kind of project through from proposal to policy in the real world. They all worked hard and were delighted that Cllr Orgee took the time to look at their work and give them feedback.

Cllr Tony Orgee said: “The hard work and thought that had gone into the projects was great to see and I had some very interesting discussions with students about their ideas. We’re lucky in South Cambridgeshire that our village networks help form strong communities, and it was a real pleasure to see young people thinking about ways to keep their community a safe and pleasant place to live.”