A huge congratulations we are pleased to let you know that "Unify" has been selected as one of the winning teams heading to Washington DC in June! Reya Malhi, Rudi Graham, Erida Osmani and Madihah Tahir have been working hard all year on their campaign to unite young people in an effort to achieve more diversity in government and increase participation and engagement in politics.
Madihah Tahir explains, “We wanted to raise awareness of the lack of representation in all levels of government for particular groups, and to try to increase the engagement of different groups with politics and political processes, especially 11-25 year olds, and those from a range of ethnic backgrounds. It is these groups who often feel they are not represented or listened to by the government today.”
Rudi Graham adds that “Ultimately we want to increase the range of demographics represented in government; for example, age, gender, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic background, education. But that’s a huge challenge, and we need to start small, by simply engaging those different groups in political issues and the political process.”
Reya Malhi explained the motivation behind choosing this cause; “We were hugely inspired by the election of Preet Gill MP – the first Sikh woman in parliament. She is a great example of the diversity we can achieve more of if we engage people from a range of backgrounds in politics. We want to unify people by creating a government of the future that looks like us, sounds like us and is representative of us.”
Erida Osmani explains the campaign so far: “We started by talking about all of the problems that face our community, and as we made a list we realised that most, if not all of these issues, could be helped in some way if more people were engaged in the political process and finding solutions.”The campaign started with a series of questionnaires to local residents and members of the community – “we wanted to see if people felt the same way as us, to see if they felt government was representative of them – and unfortunately the response was overwhelmingly “No!” – this just confirmed that this was something we needed to change” explains Madihah.
The team were quick to act setting up social media accounts to share their findings on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. The team also decided to speak directly to their inspiration – MP for Edgbaston Preet Gill. The students interviewed Preet at her local surgery to get her views on increasing the diversity of those engaged with politics. “Meeting Preet and being able to discuss our campaign was a real privilege as well as inspiring us. I was completely in awe of her passion and dedication – and this just spurred us on” explains Reya.
The team have raised money, given assemblies, been out on the streets campaigning and have provided resources to schools to help engage students in politics from an early age and encourage all Birmingham schools to help get students registered to vote!
The students have worked so hard and we are very excited to bring them to the US on a funded Study Trip.
LORDSWOOD GIRLS' SCHOOL AND LORDSWOOD SIXTH FORM CENTRE WINS NATIONAL AWARDS FOR EXCELLENT RESULTS
Lordswood Girls' School and Lordswood Sixth Form Centre has been recognised nationally for its excellent results in 2017 based on data from the Department of Education and Ofsted, analysed by SSAT (the Schools, Students and Teachers network). Lordswood Girls' School and Lordswood Sixth Form Centre was found to be among the best performing secondary schools in the country, receiving two awards for being in the top 10% of non-selective schools nationally for attainment and progress.
The SSAT Educational Outcomes database compares all state-funded schools in England, with the highest performing for a range of key measures presented with SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards, sponsored by Lexonik. Lordswood Girls' School and Lordswood Sixth Form Centre will be presented with their awards in the summer term at a ceremony attended by winners from across the region.
Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said:
“I am delighted that Lordswood Girls' School and Lordswood Sixth Form Centre has won two Educational Outcomes Awards. This recognises an important aspect of the schools’ work, but, as we know, there is much more to recognise in a good school like Lordswood Girls' School and Lordswood Sixth Form Centre. SSAT is pleased to recognise the quality of leadership and the hard work of all staff to ensure the success of every child. A big thank you and well done to pupils, parents, staff and governors.”
THE LORDSWOOD BUILD
Good progress is being made on the build of the new sixth form block and sports hall. It is exciting to watch the buildings taking shape and both buildings should be handed over in the spring.
Check out the progress of the construction in the photos below!