Pool Academy students creatively debate homelessness

Homelessness and refugees were the hot topics when Pool Academy attended a creative debate workshop.

Students, from year 9 and 10, were invited to Falmouth University Penryn to take part in their inaugural Debate/ Create workshop recently.

The day saw youngsters thinking about social, economic and political issues surrounding Homelessness and the Refugee Crisis.

The debate was hosted by Daphne Skinnard from BBC Cornwall and students were encouraged to put questions to an expert panel including Derek Thomas MP for St Ives, Corinna Langford from St Petroc’s Society, Tony Sanders Children of Hope Kenya and Sam Fitzpatrick of Trelya.

This inspired students to get creative and use their imaginations. They used art, drama, writing, animation and photography to explore issues around homelessness.

Peter Ryder, from Pool Academy, said: “It was fantastic for the children to be able to spend the day at university. The formal debate with key community members really gave our students the chance to shine and build their skills speaking in a public forum.

“It was great that they were also able to experience so much of the campus and to get a real insight into university life.”

Youngsters from five other schools in the area also took part in the event.

Mary Hesling, Corporate Events Coordinator at Falmouth University, said:  “Falmouth University was delighted to partner with local schools to welcome pupils to the Debate | Create event on the Penryn Campus.

“The pupils came very well prepared having researched the debate topic of Homelessness.

“Throughout the day the pupils were highly engaged, asking challenging questions during the debate and producing exceptional and thoughtful work in the interactive workshops.

“We hope all partners got as much out of the event as we did.”