7 March 2022
Inspirational Bedford Girls’ School Year 5 pupil, Chloe Whiteman, was recently invited to a Biggleswade Town Council meeting following a letter she wrote regarding litter in the town.
Chloe was inspired to take action following last term’s Unit of Inquiry Sharing the Planet, through which the students considered different ecological and sustainable issues, and how it is everyone’s responsibility to be part of the solution. When Chloe became aware of increased litter in her town she decided to put her skills to use and be an agent for change.
Following on from her letter, Biggleswade Council invited Chloe to present her thoughts at an upcoming meeting. As the meeting overran, unfortunately Chloe was unable to give the short presentation that she had prepared but she was assured that her letter would be passed onto the Mayor for his consideration. When she returned home from school, she found a hand-delivered letter from the Deputy Mayor waiting for her! They have promised to look into and address the issues she highlighted and thanked her for her interest.
Chloe reflected: “I was really surprised to get a letter back so quickly and I am so pleased that they have listened to my ideas. I love playing in the park with my sister and it will be much better when the litter has been cleared up.”
Mrs Kristie Whomsley, Head of Year 5 at Bedford Girls’ School, added: “We are so proud of Chloe’s passion for this cause and persevering with raising awareness by taking agency and action. It is fantastic that Chloe, and our other pupils, understand that they are able to have an impact on real-life issues as well as having the determination to be part of the change around them.”
Since opening its doors as BGS in 2012, the school has gone from strength-to-strength in delivering the future-focused and internationally regarded International Baccalaureate Diploma programme of study in the Sixth Form and the IB Primary Year Programme in the Junior School, preparing our students for future success in a globalised society.