Each Month Mr Renwick publishes school news in the Wenlock Herald and below is the March article:
In 2013, Year 11 student, Brogann Griffiths was elected as one of Shropshire’s Members of Youth Parliament. Earlier this month we welcomed the news that another of our students, Harry Entwistle, had been awarded a place on the training programme to become one of Shropshire’s MYPs. With the votes totalling 18,320 it’s clear that the young people of Shropshire care about having a voice in the corridors of power and with more candidates running in the elections than any other school in the county, it’s encouraging to see William Brookes students eager to take on those leading roles.
Harry’s campaign focused on providing and promoting health initiatives for the young people of Shropshire; a subject many of our students share a passion for. I have highlighted our commitment to sports in previous articles, celebrating the achievements of our dedicated staff, supported by an enthusiastic cohort of students – our Junior Sports Leaders. JSLAs, as they are more commonly referred to, are a motivated group of students acting as mentors, organising competitions and tournaments and officiating at local sporting events. They serve as a reminder to us all that our namesake’s mission to promote health and fitness is alive and well and positively thriving in Much Wenlock today.
Every young person has something positive to contribute, be it at school, in their community or within their own particular area of interest. There’s Mia Cunningham, whose passion for poetry won her the prestigious honour of becoming Shropshire’s first Young Poet Laureate. Her poems are thought provoking, emotive and beautifully written and I am sure that you will have opportunities to see her perform in the near future. Ben Simons, who represented Team GB recently at the Winter Olympics, was selected to train with the team because of his athletic prowess. Many of our students have made names for themselves and there will be many more to come. A growing trend of late is ex-students coming back to us for jobs or work experience. It is nice to be able to support them, after all that they had done for us, in their future journey through life.
However, it is important that all students are recognised and encouraged in their efforts to make a difference and we provide support in a number of structured ways: we nurture and reinforce positive behaviour and responsibility through our prefect system; we have specific roles of responsibility for Sixth Form students and our Library Assistants Programme is over-subscribed year on year.
Supporting achievement is also important and we are fortunate to have the of the JL Edwards Memorial Trust, who, each year, sponsor students wishing to improve themselves by attending residential workshops in the arts or medicine; competing in national karting championships; having flying lessons or taking part in international scouting festivals. These are just a few of the many examples of our young people excelling through commitment to their chosen field. Working with other organisations like the Rotary Club, Northgate Swimming, Key Theatre Academy, Poetry Festival and Wenlock Olympians has afforded special opportunities to our students and we are very grateful for their input.
Tenacity and endeavour are characteristics that can lead to personal glory, but generosity and consideration are also values we celebrate. Some of our students have gifts and talents which make them particularly adept at raising money for good causes, and we are more than happy to encourage and support their efforts on a regular basis. Some students have been engaged in the Shropshire School Games as competitors and members of the Youth Forum. The Youth Forum give time over the months before the event planning, organising and designing the two festival days. Seeing them lead an event that last year saw 2600 participants is very special and demonstrates the future is bright.
We’re lucky to have so many positive things happening at William Brookes School and fortunate that so many young people here are committed not only to achieving their personal best, but to contributing to a better environment within these walls and far beyond.