The annual three- day Lower Sixth Conference took place last week and this year’s theme was ‘Think Global’. The Headmaster opened the Conference with a thought provoking lecture, to get the pupils thinking about this year’s theme. A handful of Lower Sixth pupils then made presentations about global issues they found particularly significant. Pupils worked in mixed groups and were assisted by a mentor to create a video, filming with a green screen back drop in the studio theatre, and an online newspaper using Firefly that gave a snapshot of some of the global issues that they felt were important to young people.
On Thursday morning, each group presented their site and discussed the editorial decisions they made, in competition with one another. After break, the four finalists presented to the rest of the Lower Sixth year group and to a judging panel made up of former member of staff Mr Plowright, Mr De Rosa and Miss Hill.
Team ‘Global Matters’ presented five topics they believed to be the biggest global issues today: disease, mental health, poverty, immigration and trafficking. Their video was executed professionally and it sent out a strong and powerful message about hidden issues of mental health.
Team ‘Go Global’s’ presentation was aimed at the younger generation and wanted readers of their website to engage, educate and take action against poverty, mental health, LGBT rights and terrorism.
As team ‘Earth Talk’s’ name would suggest, they focused on the environment: water, climate change, health and poverty. Their message promoted a united global front as demonstrated in their video, which expressed the need for a global change in mind-set.
Team ‘Equitas’, linked five issues with inequality: wealth, gender, political, racial and mental health.
Mr Plowright praised the clarity of expression and inventiveness of all teams before announcing the winners as ‘Global Matters’. This team’s “attention to detail” and style of presentation with “everyone speaking from all corners of the room” made them worthy winners.
The conference closed with an insightful talk and Q&A from Times and Spectator journalist, and former MP, Matthew Parris.
The winning team, ‘Global Matters’ were invited down to the Hall for ice creams with the Headmaster and Matthew Parris.
Team ‘Global Matters’: Georgina Brownhill (M), Lauren Archer (G), Sam Riley (P), Tom Jacobsohn (P), Izzy Hurren (A), Amelia Johnson (M), Joe Jarvis (O), Jacob Smith (O), Olivia Mitchell (A), Imogen Hunt (G), Temi Akinsanmi (A) and Elsie Ross (G).
A huge thank you to Dr Campton, who put so much time and effort into organising the conference and ensuring that it was a valuable and enjoyable experience for the Lower Sixth.
You can view team Global Matters’ website here