Pete Wishart, Member of Parliament for Perth & North Perthshire is encouraging local schools to consider taking part in The Speaker’s School Council Awards.
Mr Wishart explained:
“The Speaker’s School Council Awards is an initiative run by the Parliamentary Education Service which provides an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of school councils in bringing about positive change in their school or community.
“The initiative is open to schools across the UK, and the winning projects are chosen in four age categories (4-7, 8-11, 11-16, 17-19). Every school that enters receives a web badge in recognition of their achievements, and the winners are invited to the Houses of Parliament for a prize giving ceremony in Speaker’s House.
“In addition to the main competition, this year they are also asking for schools to submit blog pieces, ‘top tips’ and images for the website that illustrate what can be achieved when young people work together, and the huge contribution school councils make to their schools and communities.
“Previous entries have been projects varying from work with the elderly, promoting healthy eating, tackling cyberbullying, being safe at school, raising awareness about medical conditions, disability and mental health issues, and sustainability initiatives.
“I have no doubt that there are some brilliant ideas out there in Perthshire schools and any school council in my constituency who wants to take part is welcome contact my office for more details; there is information online at speakersschoolcouncil.org, and the Speaker’s School Council Awards team can be contacted by phone or email.”