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Sky is the limit for Portsmouth’s learners

PROUD From left, Ryan Rahimikia, Oscar Lake who designed the flag, and Thomas Malbon, all 10, with Councillor Rob Wood. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (123490-2)

PROUD From left, Ryan Rahimikia, Oscar Lake who designed the flag, and Thomas Malbon, all 10, with Councillor Rob Wood. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (123490-2)

 

A FLAG designed by a Portsmouth pupil to symbolise a new education campaign in the city has been raised in Guildhall Square.

Oscar Lake’s design was chosen from hundreds and was raised at a ceremony yesterday.

It’s part of the new education strategy that Portsmouth City Council has launched to raise the standard of learning and the aspirations of children throughout Portsmouth.

Oscar, 10, a Year 6 pupil from St Jude’s Church of England Primary School, said: ‘It’s exciting.

‘My teacher gave me the inspiration.

‘I can’t believe it.’

The flag has a drawing of the Spinnaker Tower on it and reads ‘The Sky is the Limit’ and ‘Learn for Life’.

Headteacher of St Jude’s Joy Waeland said: ‘It’s fabulous.

‘It’s lovely that he’s won. I’m pleased and delighted for him and his classmates.

‘It’s exciting that the children are directly involved in the education strategy because at the end of the day it’s for them.

‘Learning and education is the right to achieve whatever they want to as a young person.

‘These children will benefit from it hugely.’

The city council hopes the campaign will encourage even greater involvement by parents and carers. They are being asked to share their tips and advice on how they help their children learn.

Councillor Rob Wood, cabinet member for children’s services at the council, said: ‘This is an exciting time for learning in Portsmouth.

‘Our pupils have achieved their best-ever school tests and GCSE results this year and we are working with schools and other partners to deliver a plan to continue to raise the standard of the learning.

‘It’s crucial we also raise the expectations and belief in what all our children can achieve.

‘With an inspirational message and colourful design we hope the Learning Flag will symbolise our commitment to raising standards and the aspirations of our children.’

The ceremony featured two songs by the 60-strong Portsmouth Voices Choir.

Pupils whose designs were highly commended were presented with book tokens.

 

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