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Have Your Say Day

On Friday 3rd March, I and seven other Gosford Hill School students took a trip to Banbury to the Cherwell council offices. We were asked to present an improvement that we could make to solve a problem in our community. We had £30,000 to work with (if some of money could be saved, we were informed that the council would be very grateful!). We felt that a huge issue in our community was the rising population of obese children and adults. Another issue that was put forward was the quality and cleanliness of our canals and the surrounding areas. We decided to incorporate both issues into our solution.

Our group’s idea was that we could revamp and improve the woodland ‘trail’ behind Stratfield Brake. We felt that a sign, benches, new wildlife, advertisement and outdoor furniture would encourage more runners, dog walkers, schools and families to visit the area. This would improve the amount of physical activity and seeing as how the forest backed onto a canal, we felt we could clean up and make the canals safer with our resources.

We worked hard on our presentation to cover all aspects of the criteria and were the only group who were not asked to clarify their plan as our presentation was ‘excellent’. Unfortunately we did not win the competition, but that did not dampen our enthusiasm for what was a very interesting day.

Ruby Devlin, Year 8

Posted: 2017-03-10 09:46:46
Last Edited: 2017-03-17 13:49:02