Year 5 pupils from five of the borough’s primary schools gathered for the second annual Extended Project Qualification event at St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School.
The theme of this year’s event was ‘St Helens: A Vision for the Future’. Pupils were invited to create a project which outlines how St Helens could be developed for future generations.
The 750 word project was made of 6 units which had to be completed to achieve the qualification: A brief history of St Helens; a Fact File; ‘My Vision’; concept drawings/images; an argumentative essay and a three minute presentation to a panel of judges in front of an audience of invited guests including their peer group, parents and teachers.
The ideas presented ranged from intiatives to reduce the amount of litter around the borough to the introduction of a Hyperloop transport system, to new, free outdoor skate parks, wild life parks and creation of youth centres in the empty shops in the town centre.
The event was hosted by Head of Year 7, Laura Marshall and the children came from Allanson Street, Broad Oak, Holy Cross, St Anne’s and St Theresa’s primary schools to take part. The judging panel was made up of Cathy McKeagney, Deputy Head teacher at St Cuthbert’s; Mike Hill, Principal of Carmel College and Honaria Arnold, the Head teacher of the Virtual School for Looked After Children at St Helens Council and a governor of St Cuthbert’s High School..
Speaking at the event Mrs McKeagney said “It is quite clear that these young people want our town to be great – somewhere clean and free of litter, easy to get to and a place full of green spaces to spend time with their family and friends.” Mr Hill commented “These were truly inspirational presentations full of passion and enthusiasm which can only be good news for the future generations.” Mrs Arnold, who grew up in St Helens said “The pupils and their families should be incredibly proud of their achievements and the lifelong skills they have developed as part of the project”